Delhi recorded over 1,800 dengue cases last week; Total crosses 7,100 | Latest Delhi News


New Delhi recorded over 1,800 cases of the mosquito-borne infectious disease dengue in the week ended November 20, bringing the figure to 7,128, according to the weekly report released Monday by the city’s corporations. This is the highest number of infections the city has reported since 2015, when dengue fever infected nearly 16,000 people and claimed 60 lives.

Of the total number of cases, 5,591 were registered in November. Dengue falls usually begin to increase in July after the monsoon showers and peak in October. The number of cases goes back to November when temperatures drop.

Officials from the corporations responsible for implementing the breeding control measures say the intermittent heavy rains well into September could be the reason for the high cases, which were also reported in November.

The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit dengue breed in clean, stagnant water. The rain in the city provides fertile soil for the mosquito to breed in households in addition to aquatic, bird bath, and bamboo plants.

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The disease killed nine people in the city that year. The toll is just below the 10 reported in 2016 and 2017, when the city reported over 4,000 cases.

The number of cases is high this year, likely due to the government notification requiring all hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and diagnostic centers to report cases of dengue, malaria and chikungunya.

“Of the total number of cases reported this week, 25-30% of the cases are from the last two months and are only now being reported by health institutions. Reports have increased since the disease became notifiable, ”a health department official said last week.

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