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Two dengue cases reported in Delhi, first in 2014

Sidhartha Dutta , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 12, 2014
First Published: 01:19 IST(12/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:21 IST(12/4/2014)

Dengue is back in the city. Two cases have been reported till March this year, says data collected by the three municipal corporations.

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Last year, four dengue cases were reported till March 30.

One case was reported from North Delhi Municipal Corporation area in March and the other was a person from outside Delhi, confirmed a corporation official.

The data, which was collated till March 29, 2014, states that 2,967 houses were found positive for mosquito breeding. The highest number, 2589 houses, was in South Delhi municipal areas, followed by North (256) and East (122).

Legal notices were issued to 3,848 individuals for creating an environment suitable for mosquito breeding and 26 were prosecuted.

The corporations conducted inspections for domestic breeding in over 81 lakh houses across the city and 5,774 houses were fumigated.

"People are first issued legal notices for creating an environment for mosquito breeding. If they further fail to control mosquito breeding in their area, they are penalised by charging a maximum fine of  Rs. 500," said Y S Mann, spokesperson of the North DMC.

The corporation data also shows that just one malaria case has been reported so far.

"Generally aedes mosquito, which is a host of dengue viral, dies in extreme temperature but there are hundreds of construction works going on in the city. These areas are prone to water collection and this may lead to the birth of aedes mosquitoes," said Dr Anil Bansal, member, Delhi Medical Council.


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