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Delhi grappling with dengue; 250 fresh cases emerge in 1 week


The dengue menace caused by ongoing hot and humid weather continues unabated in the national capital.  With 250 fresh cases emerging in the last one week, the total number of people affected by the deadly disease has gone up to over 780 in Delhi.

The surge in the number of positive cases is alarming, a clear indication that the virus is ramping up very quickly, infecting and sickening people.

Statistics released on vector-borne diseases reveal that number of dengue cases reported between January and August 2015 has been the highest compared to the corresponding period in the last five years.

Though the total cases of dengue till July 31 was 53, the number has gone up dramatically this month. There have been over 700 cases including two fatalities in August alone.

Municipal Corporation officials say 3 deaths and a 1000 cases of the lethal virus were reported last year from Delhi. The number has reached 780 already.

“We have seen over 700 cases of the virus surface in August alone. This year we are seeing very high cases compared to the last few years, so we are have stepped up anti-mosquito activities,” stated South Delhi mayor Subhash Arya.

Dengue is a deadly disease caused by a bite of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms include fever, excruciating headache, severe muscle and joint pains, skin rash and sweat spells.

Given that there is no vaccine or available cure for dengue, people are urged to take necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito larvae habitat. Civic authorities in the national capital are on their toes to check mosquito breeding to control the spread of dengue, malaria and chikungunya.



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