1,850 fresh dengue cases recorded as total crosses 12k mark
All efforts to curb the dengue fever in New Delhi have failed to keep the city from its biggest outbreak in almost two decades with more than 12,531 registered cases, including 32 deaths. The city has recorded over 1,850 cases this week alone.
September has seen 6,775 cases, which is also the highest in the last six years. Incidentally, no cases had been reported in the first three days of this month. Out of the total cases, South Delhi has recorded the highest at 2,659, North Delhi at 2,638 while East Delhi posted the lowest with 1,551 cases. Of all civic zones in the city, Najafgarh Zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has recorded the highest number with 846 cases.
A total of 1,975 people who were diagnosed positive for the deadly disease came from outside the city.
“At least 1,848 dengue cases have been recorded in the last one week. Cases will start coming down now and after Dussehra, as a lot of mosquitoes will be destroyed during the fireworks,” a senior SDMC official said.
With the number of cases standing at over 12,500, the dengue outbreak this year has seen the worst outbreak since 1996 which saw 10,252 cases with 423 reported deaths. The figure for the total number of cases had crossed the 1996-mark on October 10 only, with 10,683 people down with the deadly virus.
In 2010, 6,259 total cases were recorded and only eight deaths were officially reported. 995 cases were registered in entire 2014 while in 2013 it stood at 5574. Over 2,000 cases were recorded in 2012, while 2011 saw 1,131 cases. Last year, the city had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases.