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  • 36 test positive in a day, dengue cases reach 384 in Delhi

    Published on August 22, 2010

    The national capital on Saturday recorded the highest single-day incidence of dengue this season with 36 more patients testing positive for the disease, taking the total cases to 384.

    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 55 and 12 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 figures.

    According to the MCD, there were 36 new cases since yesterday of which 14 have been reported from NDMC areas. Seven cases have been reported from MCD South Zone, followed by four in Central Zone, it said.

    Among the total 384 cases so far, 294 have been reported from MCD areas, 62 from NDMC areas and the rest from other parts of the city and outstation cases.

    MCD South Zone reported the highest of 81 cases closely followed by Central Zone with 79.

    Authorities are more worried about the spread of dengue as the city will host the Commonwealth Games in October, a month which generally sees high prevalence of the disease.

    The civic body said it was trying its best to control the spread of the vector-borne disease and has challaned a large number of individuals and organisations over breeding of mosquitoes on their premises.

    It said notices were sent to 45,532 people and 6,125 of them were fined.

    According to the MCD, in the previous years, the number of dengue cases and deaths were 1,153 and 3 (2009), 1,312 and 2(2008), 548 and 1 (2007) and 3,366 and 36 (2006).