A 48-year-old has died of dengue in a south-west Delhi village, the first Capital resident to succumb to the mosquito-borne disease this year.
Mahender Singh, who lived in Chawala village’s Trishul Colony, was admitted to a private hospital on September 13 and died the same day. He was tested positive for dengue by ELISA test.
According to data provided by all the three municipal corporations, 22 dengue cases were reported last week, taking the total number of cases this year to 120. The South Delhi municipal corporation recorded 48 cases, the highest in the city. Twenty-one cases were reported by the North Delhi civic body and 19 by the east.
“We intensified our anti-larvae drive in September and it will go on till December. September and October are the peak season for dengue, so we are ensuring that mosquito doesn’t breed in this period,” said south civic body spokesperson Mukesh Yadav.
“Dengue has been mild this year because of less rain and low mosquito breeding. Unlike last few years, fewer people have reported sick and it is unlikely that the cases will go up dramatically in the next few months,” said Dr Randeep Guleria of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Typically, dengue cases decline after October as weather gets cooler, Dr Randeep Guleria said.
An eight-year-old boy, who was being treated for leukaemia-- a type of blood cancer – died at a Delhi hospital of dengue on October 3. Rishi Qaddafi, a resident of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, was brought to the Capital for treatment by his family.