Dengue continues to wreak havoc

The city reported 38 cases of dengue on Thursday, taking the total number to 1,326. It is the highest since 2007, apart from 2010 which saw a major outbreak of the vector-born disease.

The intriguing fact is that in 2010, the number of cases came down drastically in November, whereas this year they are hovering around 38 cases per day till now.
In 2010, July saw 51 cases while August had 885. The number shot up to 2,360 in September and 2,246 in October. In November the figure came down to 678.

This year 307 cases have already been reported by the municipal corporations in the last eight days.

The temperature will start to come down in a few days. “Even if temperature dips, it will take many days for dengue to subside. The full-grown mosquitoes will remain in the environment even though young larvae do not turn into mosquitoes,” said a doctor from community medicine department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

A meeting of North Delhi Municipal Corporation standing committee has decided to distribute mosquito nets to the poor in its area, said a source. But a spokesperson for thecorporation said it was a mere suggestion and nothing has been finalised yet.

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