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Thursday, July 11, 2013

India, New Delhi : Spurt in cases of dengue, malaria after wet spell

Article via Times of India :

"  Enjoy the monsoon but exercise caution. The intermittent rain and high humidity levels in the city have led to increase in mosquito breeding. Officials say that cases of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria have gone up.

According to the municipal corporations, this year five people have been confirmed positive for dengue fever. Thirty- two cases of malaria have also been reported. "Two new dengue cases were confirmed in last one month," said Dr N K Yadav, the municipal health officer. He said that the cases of all mosquito-borne diseases is expected to increase in the coming days and in order to tackle the situation, they have intensified campaigns to create awareness on the dos and don'ts. In 2012, Delhi reported about 3,000 dengue cases and four patients died due to the mosquito-borne disease.

"Our domestic breeding checkers are visiting all homes to check mosquito-breeding and challans have also been issued in some cases. We have enough stock of larvacides required to check any spread," the municipal health officer said. A recent report by the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBCP) on breeding of aedes mosquitoes showed high container index (CI) of 12.9 and house index (HI) of 6.7 in the Delhi Cantonment area among others."

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