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Dengue slowly gripping city; 47 cases till now

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2008 00:38 IST
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While the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) claims to have issued 50,674 legal notices and prosecuted 4,576 people who encourage mosquito breeding, the number of dengue cases is still on the rise.

With six new cases reported in the Capital on Thursday, the total number of dengue cases has risen to 47 this year.

This year, 61 cases of malaria have been reported so far compared to 49 cases reported last year during the same period.

Similarly, 47 dengue cases have been reported so far compared to 10 cases detected last year during the same period, according to the MCD.

Health officials fear that the toll could be much higher this year owing to sporadic and untimely heavy rains.

Raising an alarm, acting Mayor and chairman, Malaria Committee, Divya Jaiswal and Deputy Leader of the House Ved Parkash Gupta directed MCD health officials to initiate strict steps to control dengue and malaria.

“This present temperature, 25 to 30 degree Celsius, is conducive for breeding of mosquitoes. It is imperative we curb mosquito-breeding by carrying out door-to-door surveys,” said Jaiswal.

150 cases in Gurgaon

Meanwhile, the number of people tested positive for dengue in Gurgaon has reached an alarming figure of 150. Two dengue deaths have already been reported so far.

“As many as 35 malaria cases have also been reported,” said Dr Krishan Kumar, district malaria officer.

Disturbed by the escalating number of dengue and malaria cases, the district administration has set up dedicated helpline: 0124-4065534 and 09899397029. The Gurgaon administration has also set up a special ward at the Civil Hospital.

According to officials at the state health department, 50 per cent of the dengue cases were reported from posh localities such as DLF, Southcity, Sushant Lok and Palam Vihar.