Dengue count rises in Delhi

With another 24 people testing positive for dengue in different city hospitals, the total number of such cases neared 600 on Monday.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

New Delhi: With another 24 people testing
positive for dengue in different city hospitals, the total
number of such cases neared 600 on Monday.

This is the highest number of cases reported till now in
one day, V K Monga, MCD health committee chairman, said.

"24 people tested positive for dengue fever in the past 24
hours. From an average of 10 cases per day, we are now getting
over 20 cases per day as private hospitals have started
reporting us dengue cases being treated at their hospitals,"
he said.

"By mid-November, we are hopeful that dengue cases will
come down as the aedes mosquito breeds in warm weather and
dies in winter when the temperature drops," he said.

The first case of dengue fever was reported this year in
the month of March.

Four deaths due to dengue haemorrhagic fever have been
reported in the city so far, the last being on October 13.

"Even if the temperatures are dropping, people should take
precaution as dengue cases were reported till end of December
last year. The trend of dengue fever is changing," Monga said.

Meanwhile, nine more Chikungunya cases have been
reported in the city in the past 24 hours.

"Nine people tested positive for chikungunya fever in the
past 24 hours and with this the total count of people
diagnosed of suffering from from chikungunya has gone up to
29," he said.

PTI