New Delhi: The national capital reported its
fifth dengue death even as the cases of the vector-borne
disease today climbed to 1,788 with 72 more patients testing
positive for the virus.
The city has recorded over 530 dengue cases in the last
eight days. The civic bodies are blaming incessant rains and
stagnation of water at Games construction sites for the rapid
increase in dengue cases this season.
"A 25-year-old patient, Rajkumar, who was admitted at
AIIMS and was a resident of that area, died at the hospital on
August 29. The report came to us yesterday," MCD Public Health
Committee Chairman V K Monga said.
The cases of the disease, meanwhile, reached 1788.
During the same period last year, the number of cases of
the vector-borne disease in the city was only 12 while it was
226 and 52 in the corresponding periods in 2008 and 2007.
South Delhi continued to be worst-affected this season
recording 287 cases, followed by MCD Central Zone (240) and
Civil Lines (235).
As the rising waters of Yamuna flooded various low-lying
areas of east Delhi, the MCD expressed worries that conditions
conducive to mosquito breeding may appear there once the water
recedes completely. "We will then undertake special drives in
those areas to prevent breeding," Monga said.
The dengue outbreak has also raised concern among several
countries which are sending teams to participate in the
Commonwealth Games to be held here next month. Over 20 nations
have sought information from the Games Organising Committee
about the dengue outbreak and steps being taken to combat it.
Delhi government has directed MCD to form 100 teams to
spray mosquito repellent in the area of two km radius
surrounding the Games Village in east Delhi. The MCD teams
will be assisted by trained personnel of National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF).