86 more dengue cases in Delhi, total climbs to 2,536

The capital has reported five dengue deaths this season. South Delhi continued to be worst-affected this season recording 385 cases, followed by MCD Civil Lines Zone (330), Rohini (303) and Central Zone (300).

The MCD has said students and working population are most prone to the disease and appealed to the authorities concerned to take preventive measures. Chairman of MCD Public Health Committee V K Monga said that after detailed study of dengue patients in Delhi, it was revealed that the most affected segment of population is students and persons who go out for jobs or business.

He appealed to heads of schools, offices, commercial establishments to take adequate precautions. The civic bodies are attributing the rapid increase in dengue cases this season to prolonged monsoon and stagnation of water at Commonwealth Games construction sites.

The dengue outbreak has also raised concern among several countries which are sending teams to participate in the Games to be held here next month. India has issued a health advisory for participants and visitors coming for the event asking them to take precautions like carrying full-sleeve clothes and bringing mosquito repellent creams, mats or coils. PTI SDG

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