New Delhi: Dengue cases in the national
capital neared the 800 mark on Wednesday after another 21 people
tested positive for the mosquito borne virus.
"Hospitals across the city have diagnosed 21 people with
dengue fever since yesterday. With this, the total number of
people affected by it is now 797," said Dr V K Monga, chairman
of Municipal Corporation of Delhi`s public health committee.
Cases of mosquito-borne diseases are continuously on the
rise in the city.
"Chikungunya cases too are rising now. Last year, at this
time the number of cases was 33 and it is 44 this year till
now," he said.
With more people testing positive for Japanese
encephalitis in the city, the Delhi government and the MCD
have decided to collect 500 blood samples of pigs to check
presence of virus in them.
Fourteen Japanese encephalitis infection cases have been
detected in the city in two months.