Dengue Threat in Delhi: SDMC Issues Notice, Doctors Advice People to Take Precautions After Nine Cases in National Capital
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New Delhi, May 14: At least nine dengue cases have been reported from the national capital this year, according to a municipal report released on Monday. The vector-borne disease is usually reported between July and November but this year, at least 9 cases have surfaced even before the onset of monsoon. In 2018, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were reported by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Doctors have advised people to take precautions to ensure that there was no breeding of mosquito larvae around them and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets. Dengue Fever: Why Some People Are More Prone To This Vector-Borne Disease Than The Others? Expert Speaks. 

This year, mosquito-breeding has been reported from at least 8,546 households and 10,280 legal notices have been issued so far. Till now, one case was reported in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January. Four cases of malaria have been reported till May 11- three in May and one in April, and five cases of Chikungunya have been recorded this year, two in February and one each in March, April and May.

Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. In 2018, the dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23). Dengue Fever: Expert Tips To Stay Protected From The Vector-Borne Disease. 

In the wake of the rising numbers, people should stay alert and take necessary precautions. Doctors say that water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection-carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot. Civic bodies had also recently organised a workshop on the prevention of vector-borne diseases.

In 2018, out of the total number of dengue cases, as many as 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 cases were reported in November and 1,114 in October. 374 were recorded in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January.