New Delhi: The city recorded its highest
number of dengue cases in a day after 24 more people tested
positive for the disease, taking the number of persons
diagnosed with the fever here to 503.
"Twenty four more people tested positive for dengue virus
in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number recorded in a
day this year. The total number of people who have reported
with dengue fever in different hospitals till now is 503, V K
Monga, MCD health committee chairman, said.
"An average of eight to ten cases are being reported
daily," he said.
The first case of dengue fever was reported this year in
the month of March.
However, Monga said, "This is less in comparison to 5000
dengue cases that were reported during this period last year."
Since October is the month when dengue cases are more
prevalent, people should take care to remove water from
coolers and other small containers at least once in a week.
Use of mosquito nets or mosquito repellents while sleeping
during day time should also be practised, he said.
Till now, four deaths due to dengue haemorrhagic fever
have been reported in the city, the last being on October 13.
Monga said, "Chikungunya cases too are being reported
from hospitals. Eight people were diagnosed with suffering
from Chikungunya in the past 24 hours. With this the total
count of people effected by the disease has risen to 20."