The dengue count in Gurgaon has reached a four-year high with the district health department registering 381 cases so far.
But the city did not see a death due to the vector-borne disease this year.
It was five years ago, in 2011, that the department reported the highest number of dengue cases — 469 and one death. The cases reported during the following three years were not as high as 2011 and 2015.
Officials of the department had expected the increase this year as Gurgaon received comparatively more rainfall this year. This was a major factor that added to the dengue menace.
“This year, rainfall was heavier and we had expected more cases. Besides, there was intermittent rain till September that was conducive for mosquito breeding as several areas were waterlogged. People have also been careless about taking precautions,” Dr VK Thapar, district malaria officer, said.
Meanwhile, doctors in the city have advised residents to remain cautious as hospitals continue to report dengue and malaria cases. This is despite the winter setting in.
Though there has been no rainfall throughout October, the mercury levels have drastically dipped. But the number of dengue cases has continued to rise. The district health department has registered over 30 cases in the last 10 days. While the frequency had reduced during October, there seems to be sudden spike this month, doctors said.
The officials were expecting not more than 70 cases in October but, over 100 cases were reported.
Recently, a 19-year-old boy died of suspected dengue. The health department has not yet confirmed if he had contracted the disease. Doctors of the hospital where he was admitted also refused to confirm if it was a dengue death. Instead, they said he suffered from high fever.
According to doctors, the cases may reduce after Diwali. This is when the temperature and humidity begin to reduce further — a condition that is not conducive for mosquito breeding.
Meanwhile, doctors suggest using mosquito repellents, maintaining hygiene, keeping surroundings clean, wearing full-sleeved clothes and avoiding water accumulation anywhere around homes or workplaces.