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19 more dengue cases, toll rises to 841

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2008 00:07 IST
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Despite the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) working on Sundays and public holidays, the dengue toll seems to be rising every single day.

With 19 more fresh cases of dengue fever reported on Tuesday, the number of dengue positive cases has shot up to 841 in the National Capital.

Though officials of the civic body claim the figures are gradually coming down with wach passing day, the cases at present tell a different story.

“The situation is bad, but we can’t call it an outbreak,” said Dr N.K. Yadav, medical health officer at MCD.

“Dengue cannot be eliminated. It is a battle we have to fight every year like many other countries. As responsible authorities, our employees have been working even on holidays and we shall continue our drive so as long as the cases do not stop coming in,” he added.

At this stage, community participation to check dengue is a must, yadav added. “Until people do not start practicing emptying out unnecessary water from coolers and water pots, mosquito breeding will continue,” he warned.

Dengue causing aedes aegypti mosquitos breed in fresh water pools, hence is becomes important to avoid water stagnation.

The MCD plans to continue drives all through the month of October and November. Doctors suspect the situation may not improve until winter sets in.

The civic agency has reported two deaths due to dengue fever in the city so far. The Najafgarh and Shahdara areas are considered the worst affected, with more than 50 per cent cases reported from there.