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72 fresh dengue cases reported in Delhi

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2010 03:56 IST
HT correspondent

With 72 more patients testing positive on Sunday and the total number of affected people touching 2,296, the dengue threat is only growing in the national Capital. Of the 72 new case 23 were from outside the city.

So far this year 5 people have died of dengue. During the same period last year only 21 cases of dengue were reported from the city, with no death. Maximum numbers of cases were reported from south Delhi area with 354 cases out of the total 2,296 cases coming from there.

The other Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) zones such as Civil Lines, Central Delhi (283) and Rohini have so far reported 323, 283 and 268 cases, respectively.

The civic agency is attributing the cause of the rising numbers to prolonged monsoon and large-scale construction taking place across the city this year.

"This year is particularly bad because of the incessant rains and lots of construction taking place due to the Commonwealth Games," said an MCD official.

"We are taking all measures to ensure the disease stays under control. Our workers are going for door-to-door inspection to check mosquito breeding and spraying larvicide,” the officials added.

“But the conditions this year have been conductive for the breeding of disease-causing mosquitoes." The stagnant rainwater in and around the Games Village near Akshardham temple in east Delhi has been a constant cause for concern for the civic agency and the Delhi government, as breeding has been detected in a large number in the area.

"The kind of terrain we have in the area, it can get difficult to pump out water completely. We are trying our best and all measures have been taken to ensure athletes and delegates aren't affected in any manner," said a Delhi government official.