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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

India : 54 test positive in a day, dengue cases reach 550 in Delhi

India, with its vast population has so many diseases to deal with - malaria, cholera, H1N1, diarrhea and list goes on and on. This time dengue is running rampant in New Delhi, an article from The Hindu.

" The national capital on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day incidence of dengue this season with 54 more patients testing positive for the disease, taking the total number of cases to 550.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said it has deployed additional staff to tackle the situation in worst-hit Central and South Delhi from where 209 cases have been reported so far. It is also maintaining round-the-clock surveillance near all the Commonwealth Games venues, Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra said.

According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 was only three. The figure was 63 and 15 in the same periods in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

The civic body has said there were one confirmed and three suspected dengue deaths this season though private hospitals are giving a much higher figure.

According to the MCD, there were 54 new cases since Tuesday. Among the total 550 cases so far, 446 have been reported from MCD areas, 73 from NDMC areas and the rest were from other parts of the city and outstation cases."

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