MCD confirms first dengue case in Delhi

The MCD on Monday confirmed the first case of dengue in the city this year after a doctor from AIIMS tested positive for the vector-borne disease here.

Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 15:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The MCD on Monday confirmed the first
case of dengue in the city this year after a doctor from AIIMS
tested positive for the vector-borne disease here.

On March 3, Dr Anoop Singh, a PG student of AIIMS tested
positive for dengue after he was admitted in the hospital when
he complained of abrupt fever along with headaches and pain.
Singh contracted the disease during his stay in the
doctors` hostel, Dr V K Monga, chairman of the MCD`s public
health committee said.

"It is surprising that the first case of dengue is being
reported with the early onset of summers. Last year the first
dengue case was reported in June which continued till
mid-December," he said.

Another doctor from Ghaziabad, Dr Umakant also tested
positive for dengue after he was admitted in AIIMS on March 3,
Dr Monga said.

"Almost every year the first and the last positive case
of dengue fever are heard from within the AIIMS premises. This
calls for proper sanitation in the residential areas of
resident doctors and medical students. We have decided to
write to the AIIMS administration to work together with the
NDMC and CPWD to channelise some method to stop the spread of
the disease," he said.
Last year, a total of 6,229 dengue cases and eight deaths
due to dengue fever was reported from the city. Eight fresh
cases of dengue were reported in the national capital in
December 2010 despite the onset of winter, leaving medical
experts and health officials worried as mosquito breeding
normally subsides by mid-November.

Dr Monga said, "People should be conscious of their
surroundings from now onwards and should check mosquito
breeding. While cleaning their coolers they should swipe the
walls well so that no egg stays back in the cooler and
fertilise."

PTI