10,000 dengue cases in the country



New Delhi: More than 10,000 dengue cases have been detected in the country so far this year and Punjab tops the list while Delhi stood fifth with around 900 such cases.

According to Municipal Corporation of Delhi, dengue cases continue to be reported in the city as 19 more people being diagnosed with dengue fever in the past one day.

"The average number of dengue cases being reported in the hospital is still high. 19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. With this the total number of dengue cases went up to 894," said V K Monga, Chairman, public health committee, Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

According to the Union Health Ministry, Punjab tops the list of affected states with 2,016 dengue cases followed by 1,793 cases in Orissa, 1,398 in Tamil Nadu and 963 in Kerela this year.

With people also testing positive for Japanese encephalitis in the city, the Delhi government and the MCD have decided to collect 500 blood samples of pigs to check presence of virus in them.

Fourteen people have been affected by Japanese encephalitis in the last two months, officials said.

"Sample collection has begun. The situation is nothing alarming. We are carrying out all measures to prevent mosquito breeding in and around affected areas," Monga said.

Malaria cases have risen to 251 mark but no new chikungunya cases have been reported in the city.

PTI