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New Delhi: As light to moderate rains continue to lash the national capital and its adjoining areas, leading to severe waterlogging in many parts of the city, health experts believe that dengue cases may increase in Delhi in the next few weeks. .
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital told ANI, “It is raining in Delhi, so dengue cases may increase in the next few weeks. The cases are not serious so far and do not require ICU care. Early diagnosis is helping in the management of cases.”
Dr Chatterjee further advised to wear full sleeve clothes and ensure that there is no water logging or water stagnation around the house. According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) data, 396 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital so far this year.
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Till September 17, a total of 152 dengue cases were registered in this month itself, while 75 dengue cases were reported in the entire month of August. This is also the highest number of dengue cases reported during the period January 1 to September 17 since 2017, when the figure stood at 1,465.
At the same time, no death has been reported from this disease so far this year. Apart from this, 92 cases of malaria and 17 cases of chikungunya have been reported. According to the MCD report, 43 cases of malaria and 3 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the month of September.
Earlier in June, 32 cases of dengue were reported in the national capital. MCD figures show that between January 1 and June 25 this year, 134 dengue cases were reported in Delhi. Curiously, monthly dengue cases since January have been the highest ever recorded since 2017, when the civic agency started proper bookkeeping.
Last year, 9,613 dengue cases were reported in the national capital, the highest number in the last five years. In addition, 4,431 cases were reported in 2016 and 4,726 in 2017, while the number of cases declined sharply to 2,798 in 2018 and 2,036 in 2019.
In 2020, infections declined by nearly 50 per cent, as a total of 1,072 infections were reported last year, the lowest in the 2016-2021 period.
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Meanwhile, the city saw 23 deaths last year, the highest since 2016. A total of 10 people died in the city in 2017 and 2016. In the years that followed, four, two and one died in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.