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
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.