Dengue in Delhi shows no signs of receding, 280 cases reported so far

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Delhi, it seems, continues to be hit by the dengue outbreak and it shows no signs of stopping. That is what the shocking figures from the month of November reveal.  In the  second week of November itself  as  many as  280 cases of the disease have been reported in the national capital, which was faced with its worst outbreak of the vector-borne fever, since 1996.

The civic administration however, maintained its official dengue death toll at 38, in a report released recently by SDMC, which compiles the data on behalf of all the civic bodies in the city. Unofficially, however, the number of dengue deaths reported in Delhi is 43.

The total number of dengue cases reported in 2015 in Delhi stands at over 15,500, even as the first week of this month saw 365 cases. A total of 277 cases were reported in the second week of November making the situation quite alarming for the authorities to handle.

While 7,283 cases were reported in October, the maximum for all the months, the vector-borne disease is supposed to hit a plateau in November. At 15,531 cases, the dengue outbreak in 2015 was the worst that the city has seen, when 10,252 cases and 423 deaths were reported.

The total number of cases in 2015 had crossed the 1996 mark on October 10, when 10,683 people had come down with the deadly virus.

Of the total number of cases reported till November 14, south Delhi recorded the maximum with 3,148 cases, followed by north Delhi with 2,903 cases. East Delhi recorded the lowest incidence of dengue with 1,737 cases.

In 2010, as many as 6,259 cases were recorded, while only eight deaths were officially reported. In 2014, a total of 995 cases were reported, while the figure for 2013 stood at 5,574. Over 2,000 cases were recorded in 2012, while 2011 saw 1,131 cases.

Among the civic zones in the city, Najafgarh Zone under South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recorded the highest number, at 972 dengue cases. Also, 2,634 people diagnosed with the deadly disease came from outside of Delhi. In 2014, the city had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases. Meanwhile, till November 14, the number of houses found positive for mosquito breeding stands at 2,35,661 while prosecution launched in the same period was for nearly 23,341 cases, according to the report.

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