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Dengue cases in Delhi climb to 2371

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2010 21:22 IST
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The dengue cases in Delhi climbed to 2371 today with 75 fresh cases, even as the MCD on Monday said students and working population are most prone to the vector-borne disease and appealed to the authorities concerned to take preventive measures.

Chairman of MCD Public Health Committee V K Monga said that after detailed study of dengue patients in Delhi, it was revealed that the most affected segment of population is students and persons who go out for jobs or business.

He appealed heads of schools, offices, commercial establishments to take adequate precautions.

Monga said analysis of data of 1000 patients available indicates that out of them, 674 were male and 326 female. The largest number -- 758 -- belongs to the age group of 11-40. "It indicates that people who spent time outside their homes are more prone to dengue," he said.

He said that about 40 per cent of these patients came from posh areas of South and Central Delhi and NDMC localities. He said there is an acute need that the people residing in posh areas should also take adequate precautions.

The cases of the disease reached 2371 today with 75 more people testing positive for the virus. The capital has reported five dengue deaths this season.

South Delhi continued to be worst-affected this season recording 364 cases, followed by MCD Civil Lines Zone (332), Central Zone (286) and Rohini (273).

The civic bodies are attributing the rapid increase in dengue cases this season to prolonged monsoon and stagnation of water at Commonwealth Games construction sites.

The dengue outbreak has also raised concern among several countries which are sending teams to participate in the Games to be held here next month. Over 20 nations had sought information from the Games Organising Committee about the dengue outbreak and steps being taken to combat it.

India has issued a health advisory for participants and visitors coming for the event asking them to take precautions like carrying full-sleeve clothes and bringing mosquito repellent creams, oils, mats or coils.