New Delhi, Oct 26: Dengue spread showed a "definite decline" in the country but the disease took three more lives, raising the death toll to 138.
"There is a definite decline in the number of fresh dengue cases," claimed P L Joshi, Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), which is monitoring outbreak of the infection across the country.
While 199 fresh dengue cases were reported yesterday, the number of new cases today were 96. So far, 7783 people have been affected country-wide by the mosquito-borne viral fever.
A 13-year-old boy, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, succumbed here due to complications arising out of Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, a deadlier form of the disease, taking the toll in the national capital to 51 while 62 patients were admitted to various hospitals here. Two more persons succumbed to the disease in Andhra Pradesh, increasing the total toll to 138.
Asked if the dip in temperature had helped in the "decline" in fresh cases, Joshi said, "the impact of the weather will be seen in the next 10 days".
Doctors at AIIMS here said dengue-causing Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds less vigoursly in temperatures between 24 and 18 degrees Celsius and halts breeding when the mercury drops below 18 degrees Celsius.
While 69 cases were reported in Delhi yesterday, new dengue admissions on Monday here were 53. The total number of people who have suffered from dengue in the national capital so far this year is 2,235.
In addition to the 51 deaths in Delhi, dengue toll in other places was--19 in Maharashtra, 16 in Andhra Pradesh, 13 each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 7 in Karnataka, 5 in West Bengal, 4 each in Punjab and Kerala, 3 in Gujarat, 2 in Haryana and one in Tamil Nadu.
The number of people affected by the virus is--2235 in Delhi, 972 in Rajasthan, 834 in Kerala, 702 in West Bengal, 586 in Punjab, 582 in Maharashtra, 456 in Gujarat, 315 in Haryana, 308 in Tamil Nadu, 100 in Chandigarh, 92 in Karnataka and 88 in Andhra Pradesh.