Two dengue cases in Delhi

Even before the rainy season sets in, two cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital, but civic officials insist that the infection has been contracted from outside the city.

Updated: Jul 04, 2010, 20:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Even before the rainy season sets
in, two cases of dengue have been reported in the national
capital, but civic officials insist that the infection has
been contracted from outside the city.

"Two patients admitted to Apollo Hospital and AIIMS have
been tested positive for dengue," Municipal Health Officer,
MCD, N K Yadav said. These are the first confirmed case in
the city this season.

However, Yadav maintained that these are not "indigenous"
cases. "Both reside in Delhi. But one of them had gone to his
native place in southern India while the other also went out
on a vacation. They were hospitalised after coming back. The
infection has been contracted from outside," he said.

Asked about reports that BJP`s Amritsar MP Navjot Singh
Sidhu`s wife has been admitted to Apollo Hospital with
suspected dengue, Yadav said he has no information in this
regard.

The city had reported three dengue deaths and over a
thousand cases. The civic authorities have been concerned over
the incidence of dengue this year as the city will host the
Commonwealth Games in October, a month which generally
witnesses prevalence of dengue cases.

MCD had this year pre-poned its insectoral meet with Delhi
government, DJB, DMRC and other stakeholders on prevention of
vector- and water-borne diseases by about two months in view
of the Games.

It is procuring 14 vehicle-mounted fogging machines
and 247 hand-held pulse jet type thermal fogging machines to
prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the city.

PTI