With 21 new cases of dengue reported on Wednesday, the total count has gone to 797, says the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
Japanese Encephalitis, caused by Culex Tritaeniorhynchus mosquito, has infected 14 persons in Delhi so far this year, while chikungunya has affected 29 people. However, no new chikungunya case was reported on Wednesday.
Dengue, caused by Aedes Aegypti mosquito, has claimed five lives in Delhi this year. “Though the numbers are rising slowly, we feel the situation is much better than last year. There is nothing to be alarmed at this point of time,” said Dr VK Monga, chairman, public health committee, MCD.
“We have carried out all the measures like fogging and de-weeding of water bodies to kill mosquitoes and prevent their breeding in and around affected areas,” said Dr NK Yadav, medical health officer, MCD.
Meanwhile, private hospitals, which claim of getting high number of patients, say the MCD is under reporting cases. “The figures are much higher than what the MCD is reporting. It needs to get its act together to check mosquito breeding,” said a doctor from Ganga Ram Hospital.