Dengue outbreak will peak in October: WHO

New Delhi: There might be more worries in
store for the government with the World Health Organisation
on Friday saying that the dengue outbreak will peak around the
first week of October.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Health
Secretary Sujatha Rao, WHO Coordinator for Communicable
Diseases in South East Asia, Chusak Prasittisuk said the
Indian government has done a good job in controlling the
outbreak.

"The peak may be in early October," he said.
Prasittisuk asked the citizens to help in controlling the
outbreak by checking breeding of mosquitoes.

He said usually the dengue season starts around July and
the peak was during September-October. Prasittisuk, however,
added that dengue was not unique to India and countries like
Indonesia and Sri Lanka have also reported a huge number of
cases this year.

Indonesia has reported more than 80,000 cases this year
while Thailand has nearly 57,000 cases. The total number of
cases in India are 6,885.

Health Secretary Rao said most of the countries which
have issued advisories against travelling to India also have
cases of dengue in their countries.

She said the dengue situation in the country was under
control and reiterated that the strain this year was least
fatal with a mortality ratio of 150:1.

Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, M K Bhan said the
government has decided to issue security passes to all people
who want to work inside the Commonwealth games venue,
including labourers and MCD employees.

PTI

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