Delhi reports 166 dengue cases this year

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) The total number of dengue cases reported in Delhi so far this year has been 166 compared to 886 in the same period last year.

A health official said no dengue-related death was reported in the national capital this year, as a result of the intensified efforts of the Government to check mosquito breeding.

He said as many as 24 chickungunya cases were reported in Delhi from January 1 to October 9 of which 21 patients had a history of visiting Kerala, which recently witnessed chickungunya outbreak.

The Centre's Cross Check Organisations had deployed 25 officials in Delhi this year as against five last year to oversee the the anti-vector borne disease preparedness of the Delhi Government.

The Delhi Government deployed 3,400 personnel to carry out the campaign, which included house visits.

An MCD official said in 2007 mosquito breeding was found in 82,087 premises out of which 69,237 were issued legal notices and 15106 have so far been prosecuted.

He said the number of hospitals offering standardised dengue diagnosis increased from 11 to 21.

UNI

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