Even as the chances of dengue and chikungunya have decreased due to the dip in temperature, 88 cases were reported from the district in the last 48 hours.
To date, 775 cases of dengue and 129 cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in the district. On Tuesday, 50 fresh cases of dengue and nine of chikungunya surfaced in the district.
The administration claimed that necessary measures were being taken to prevent the spread of both diseases. “Local health officials are visiting different parts of the district and advising people to not let water collect in pits or any other place as it leads to breeding of mosquitoes,” said an official.
However, district epidemiologist Dr Gurmeet Singh said mosquito-borne diseases were in their last leg because winter was almost here and the mercury will fall to 15 degrees Celsius by the end of the first week of November. This was unfavourable for the breeding of mosquitoes, he added. He further said indoor sprays, antilarva sprays and IEC activities had been stepped up in affected areas. Talking about dengue, Dr Gurmanjit Kaur said it was a viral fever that stayed for three to five days and at least five days of complete bed rest was necessary during this time.