Dengue cases rise to 461, swine flu 348 in Delhi
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Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010, 21:57
  
New Delhi: With 32 more people tested positive for H1N1 virus and 25 for dengue today, the total number of swine flu and infection by female Aedes aegypti mosquito cases rose to 461 and 348 respectively so far this year, health officials said.

"The total laboratory confirmed swine flu cases in the city is 461 till date this year. 32 fresh swab test in the city confirmed for presence of H1N1 virus. This includes eight children," Debashish Bhattacharya, nodal officer for swine in the city said.

"25 people tested positive for dengue fever in the last 24 hours. With this the total number of people who tested positive for dengue fever rose to 322," MCD medical health officer N Yadav said.

"We have appointed 392 extra staff for the next three months to carry out fogging and anti-mosquito breeding exercises," he said.

According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 was only three. The figure was 54, 12 and 37 in the same periods in previous years -- 2008, 2007 and 2006.

The civic body has said there were one confirmed and three suspected dengue deaths this season though private hospitals are giving a much higher figure.

Among the total 348 cases so far, 272 have been reported from MCD areas, 48 from NDMC areas and the rest were from other parts of the city outstation cases. MCD Central Zone reported the highest of 75 cases closely followed by South Zone with 74.

The MCD also released the names and addresses of the 26 new patients which show that there were five fresh cases from Jamia Nagar-Okhla, one of the worst-hit localities. Cases were also reported from Bhajanpura, Shakarpur, Rohini, Tilak Nagar, New Friends Colony and Wazirabad.

The civic body said it was trying its best to control the spread of the vector-borne disease and has challaned a large number of individuals and organisations for breeding of mosquitoes in their premises. It said notices were sent to 45,532 people for breeding and 6,125 of them were fined.

According to the MCD, in the previous years, the number of dengue cases and deaths were 1153 and 3 (2009), 1312 and 2 (2008), 548 and 1 (2007) and 3366 and 36 (2006).

PTI


First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 21:57


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