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74 dengue cases, 1 swine flu death

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2010 00:14 IST
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The dengue threat is increasing in the city. On Tuesday, season's highest figures — 74 fresh cases were reported. The total number of people affected by the disease has now touched 937.

Dengue has already claimed lives of three children in the last two months.

Country's two top cyclists also have reportedly contracted the disease and are undergoing treatment at one of the hospitals in the city.

Like dengue, cases of influenza A H1N1 — commonly known as swine flu — have also witnessed an unusual rise this season. One more person died of the disease at New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital on Tuesday. So far, 30 people have died of swine flu in the Capital.

Another 53 swab samples tested positive for H1N1 virus, taking the number of confirmed swine flu cases to 926 this year.

In the wake of impending Commonwealth Games (CWG), the civic and health ministry officials have stepped up their efforts to control dengue and swine flu outbreak in the city. "The good thing is though number of cases may be high, we have checked mortality rate," said N.K. Yadav, medical health officer, MCD.

With the dengue on the rise in the city, several countries have issued advisory against

travelling to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games (CWG). According to sources, the health ministry is planning to write to its missions abroad asking them to reassure tourists that it is safe to travel to Delhi

On Tuesday, a sanitary inspector of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was arrested on Tuesday for accepting and demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 for removing debris from in front of a house in the Uttam Nagar area.