277 cases of dengue in Capital, 109 in August
A total of 91 cases were reported in July, six in May, while June witnessed 15, the report said. As many as 106 fresh cases were reported till August 13 since the last count and the total number of cases so far in the city is at least 277, a senior civic official said.
This year, dengue cases have been reported rather early. The vector-borne disease claimed its first victim on July 21 when a girl from Jafrabad in Northeast Delhi died at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital. The Capital city had seen 171 cases of the vector-borne disease till August 6 with the current month reporting at least 52 cases in the first week. Last year, the city saw a staggering 15,867 dengue cases which was the worst in 20 years, with the disease claiming 60 lives, as per Municipal reports.
Last year, only six cases were reported in June, while July had registered 36. Sadar Paharganj and Karol Bagh zones under North Corporation reported a case each, while City and Civil Lines zones recorded two and three cases respectively. Najafgarh zone of South Corporation has recorded 10 cases. West, Central and South zones of the South Corporation recorded six, 11 and six cases respectively, said an official of SDMC, which compiles the dengue report on behalf of all the civic bodies in the city.
Okhla MLA Amanantullah Khan’s sister-in-law succumbed to dengue on August 12 at Apollo hospital, though the Municipal authorities have not officially acknowledged any dengue death this year.
SDMC has reported 33 cases overall, while East Corporation recorded 11. Of the total cases, 71 were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three Municipal Corporations. While 31 cases were reported from UP, 10 of those diagnosed with the disease came from Haryana and 65 from other states.
In North MCD areas, mosquito breeding was found in 24,114 houses, 43,514 houses in SDMC areas and 8,662 in EDMC areas. The number of prosecution launched in these areas was 1,720, 2,820 and 316 respectively, the report said.