Dengue cases cross 3,000 in Delhi
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Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010, 21:16
New Delhi: With just five days left for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the city continued to grapple with a dengue outbreak as cases of the vector-borne disease reached 3,013 after 97 more patients tested positive.

The capital has reported five dengue deaths this season.

South Delhi continued to be worst-affected this season recording 437 cases, followed by MCD Civil Lines Zone (392), Rohini (354) and Central Zone (337).

The civic bodies are attributing the rapid increase in dengue cases this season to prolonged monsoon and stagnation of water at Commonwealth Games construction sites.

The dengue outbreak has also raised concern among several countries which are sending teams to participate in the Games to be held here next month.

India has issued a health advisory for participants and visitors coming for the event asking them to take precautions like carrying full-sleeve clothes and bringing mosquito repellent creams, oils, mats or coils.

The government yesterday sought to play down concerns over dengue during the Games saying the prevalent variant of the mosquito-borne disease was not very dangerous.

"Dengue count in the country is still low. The type of vector-borne disease is subtype 3, which is not very dangerous," Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said. He said that countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia have seen a very large number of dengue cases.


First Published: Monday, September 27, 2010, 21:16

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