The public health department of Haryana is yet to declare an outbreak of dengue in Gurgaon, where the disease has infected 169 people, apart from 825 suspected cases. Private hospitals put the number of confirmed cases up to 800.
The situation has turned even worse in the last three days as hospitals have reported a sudden spurt in the number of dengue patients. But, according to health department officials, the situation cannot be termed as an outbreak.
“An outbreak is considered only when more than five cases of a particular disease are reported in a locality within a span of seven days,” said Dr Satvir Chaudhry, director, Haryana health services for malaria and dengue.
The initial stage of spread of any disease is called outbreak, which later progresses to be an epidemic. “When there is no outbreak, there is no question of an epidemic,” he added.
The conclusion was derived after Chaudhry, along with deputy civil surgeon Dr Mahender Gupta and biologist Saroj Deshwal, found only seven localities in the city having witnessed more than six cases in the last two months. The affected areas are DLF Phases-2 and 3, Sukhrali, Sushant Lok Phase-1, South city-1, Rajiv Nagar and Wazirabad.
The health department claims there are 825 suspected dengue cases in the city, while the number of infected people is 169. The disease has claimed one life so far.
On the other hand, data collected from various private hospitals put the figure of infected people at 800. According to them, dengue has claimed five lives in the city this year.
“We have registered 50 dengue-positive cases in the last three days,” said Dr Parveen Kumar of Paras Hospital, which has registered 100 cases this year.
“There is definitely an outbreak as the numbers are increasing day-by-day,” said Dr VS Bhalla, medical superintendent of Park hospital, which has registered 104 cases.
“It is more an outbreak than an epidemic,” said Dr Kalyan Sachdev, founder of Privat hospital.