137 cases of dengue reported last week

The Capital reported 137 dengue cases last week, according to data collected by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Among the total number of cases reported, nine cases are from adjoining states.

With the current data, the number of dengue cases recorded in the Delhi NCR till November 22, rose to 781. Also, two cases of malaria have been reported last week.
So far, official data records the number of dengue deaths at two. In October, 318 cases were reported. But with last week’s data, the total number of cases in November has already gone up to 343. In 2013, Delhi had reported 5,279 cases.

Around 14 cases were reported from west Delhi and 12 from south Delhi. Another nine cases were reported from Civil Lines. The New Delhi Municipal Council has, meanwhile, noticed one case.

The total number of chikungunya cases reported till November 22 are five against six for last year’s corresponding period.
Though a considerable number of fever cases are being reported, dengue cases are likely to decline in the coming weeks, said doctors.

However, it is important that people continue to take precautions against dengue as dispensaries have overall noticed a spurt in number of fever cases, said health experts.

“The cases of fever may also be due to seasonal change. But it is important that people do not relax the standards and continue to take precautions as the threat still remains,” said Dr Anil Bansal, a member of the Delhi Medical Association.

“Also, haemorrrhagic dengue fever is the more severe form of the infection and has more complex impact on the health. So people should not ignore if they have fever and should continue to get checked if the dengue symptoms persist,” said Dr Bansal.

With the winter settling in and people starting to wear covered clothes, it is likely that dengue cases will drop.

“In the past one week, we have seen a decline in dengue cases in both the OPD and wards. The cases will further come down as the cold settles in,” said Dr A P Dubey, Head of the Department, Paediatric Unit, Lok Nayak Hospital.

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