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Dengue cases touch 478

delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2008 00:20 IST
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With 20 more patients testing positive for dengue, the number of cases in the national capital, as released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Thursday, climbed to 478, prompting the MCD to direct officials to prepare a fresh blueprint to combat the rapid spread of the disease.

This week alone, the civic agency reported about 100 dengue positive cases in the city, hinting at the fact that the deadly fever has hit the national capital region in a big way this month.

MCD officials admit the disease is at its peak this month. “This is the peak time and we are getting confirmation for about 25 dengue positive cases every day since past few days,” informed Dr N.K. Yadav, MCD’s Medical Health Officer.

Najafgarh area is reportedly the worst hit. Officials attribute the tremendous rise in the number of cases this year to the weather condition.

“The temperature this summer has been lower, giving conducive environment to the dengue causing mosquitoes to breed,” said Yadav.

As compared to the last two years, the dengue positive figures this year have seen a big jump. MCD officials feel the increased number of dengue testing centres put up this year has resulted in more cases being detected.

“In 2006 there were 11 testing centres as compared to 34 centres that we have put up this year. If we test more patients then we detect more cases,” said Yadav.