The number of malarial patients in the city has shot up to 199 this year as compared to 138 last year while only 14 people have been detected with dengue, another dreaded mosquito-borne disease which infected 800 people and claimed 14 lives last year.
According to the health department, cases of malaria have increased while the spread of dengue seems to have reduced this year in Gurgaon with just 14 cases and two deaths so far as against about 800 cases and 14 deaths last year.
However, the department has warned residents against the spread of these diseases for one more month as the weather is still favourable for mosquito breeding.
In 2009, the total number of dengue patients was 100 and one person succumbed to the infection.
Health officials attribute the low number of dengue cases to the massive public awareness and other preventive efforts carried out by the department.
“The threat still continues. People should not allow water stagnation around their houses. They need to be alert for one more month till Diwali because the prevailing ambient temperature ranges between 22 and 23 degree Celsius which is conducive for the growth of larva,” said Gurgaon civil surgeon Dr Parveen Garg.