Even though the health department maintains the number of dengue cases is at 226, far less than the figure collected from private hospitals, residents can heave a sigh of relief with decreasing mosquito breeding due to fall in temperature.
According to the health department, the disease has claimed only one life this season. Of the 226 cases, 24 were reported on Saturday alone.
However, private hospitals put the count of infected people at 825 with six deaths. A 27-year-old auto rickshaw driver of Sector 51 became the latest victim. He died on Sunday at Paras Hospital.
But, now doctors believe that dengue cases will not rise further as the temperature has begun falling and mosquito breeding will stop. "The actual effect of dipping temperature will be seen in the next one week," said Dr Mahinder Gupta, deputy civil surgeon.
Doctors at private hospitals also have similar views. "With the winter approaching, there is about 75% reduction in dengue cases as compared to the situation in the last two weeks," said Dr VS Bhallam, medical superintendent of Park Hospital.
The breeding cycle of mosquitoes ceases once temperatures go below 16 degrees Celsius. "The temperature between 21 and 32 degree Celsius is conducive for breeding of mosquitoes and transmission of the disease. The humidity level too should be around 60%," said Dr Lokesh Pant, Internal Medicine, Alchemist Hospital.