Three positive cases of Chikungunya, also caused by the Aedes mosquito, have been reported in the city.
"Chikungunya has been reported from Rajasthan and from those region which are close to Delhi and three positive cases have been reported in the national capital," said PK Hota, Union Health Secretary.
National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) Director Shiv Lal said of the 28 samples received from Delhi for suspected chikungunya, three were found to be positive.
One patient suspected to be suffering from chikungunya was admitted at Fortis on Saturday. “The patient had recently visited south India and he has clinical symptoms like fever, rash and joint pain. We are suspecting that he has chikungunya,” said Dr Anoop Misra, Fortis Hospital. The hospital will forward the patient’s test to NICD for confirmation on Monday.
The viral disease has afflicted people in 10 states in the country, with Kerala reporting the maximum number of cases. Of the 12,99,183 suspected Chikungunya cases in the country, 13,568 were sent to NICD and National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation and where 1,533 cases were confirmed.