Total number of Dengue cases this season touched 1,310 with about 300 fresh cases of the vector-borne disease reported in the past week in Delhi, a municipal report released Monday said. Nearly 829 cases were reported in October.
According to the report, 427 cases of malaria and 129 cases of chikungunya were also reported this season till October 27. It says nearly 830 new dengue cases came to light in the first four weeks of October, which accounts for over 64 per cent of the total cases reported this season.
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Of the 1,310 dengue cases this year, 374 were recorded in September, 58 cases in August, 19 cases in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January.
Two malaria cases were reported in February, one each in April and March, 17 in May, 25 in June, 42 in July, 82 in August, 138 in September and 119 till October 27, according to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases in the city.
People have been advised to take precautions like wearing full-sleeves and to not allow the breeding of mosquito larvae inside their homes.
"Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot. Mosquito nets should be used at home," a doctor at a government hospital said.
Domestic breeding checkers found mosquito breeding in 2,15,995 households in the city till October 27, the report said.
It said 1,73,462 legal notices have been served for various violations and "24,696 prosecutions initiated".
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had a few months ago directed local bodies and other agencies to intensify vector-control measures, as a pro-active measure.
He had also asked for regular meetings at the level of district magistrates with all stakeholders to review the situation in their respective districts.