Delhi sees 639 fresh dengue cases in 2 days
At least 639 fresh cases of dengue were reported on October 23 and 24, taking the total number of people suffering from the vector-borne disease in the national Capital to 14,246 this year, the highest since 1996.
According to data released by civic bodies on Monday, the toll was 32 till October 24. However, there have been reports in media of over 40 deaths due to dengue this year.
According to the municipal report, North MCD reported at 4,937 cases this year, followed by South Delhi at 4,091 and East Delhi at 2,773. Of all civic zones in the city, Najafgarh under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recorded the highest number of cases at 923.
Besides, 2,360 people, who tested positive to the deadly disease, were from outside Delhi. They had come from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. With the number of cases standing at 14,246, the dengue outbreak this year is the worst since 1996, when 10,252 people were affected and 423 had succumbed to the disease. The figure for this year crossed the 1996-mark on October 10, when data showed that 10,683 people had contracted the deadly virus.
Last year, the national Capital had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases.
Till October 17, the number of houses found positive for mosquito breeding was 2,22,732 with prosecution launched for 21,493, said SDMC, which compiles the report on behalf of all civic bodies.
In 2010, 6,259 total cases were recorded with only eight deaths officially reported while 2011 saw 1,131 cases. In 2012, over 2,000 cases were recorded and, in 2013, the number of cases stood at 5,574.