5 cases of malaria, 1 of dengue reported last week in city

| | New Delhi

With the advent of season for the vector-borne diseases, the cases of malaria has reached to 16 as five cases reported last week, according to a data released by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday.

However, only one new case of dengue reported the week, keeping the total number of people affected by the disease to 27 while the figure for chikungunya stands at 10.

According to the SDMC, mosquito breeding was reported from 10618 Delhi households till May 5. While 14585 legal notices issued for mosquitogenic condition.

Dengue and chikungunya are caused by the bite of Aedes agypti mosquito, which breeds in clear water, while Anopheles mosquito, which causes malaria, can breed in both fresh and muddy water.

A senior Corporation official said that the civic body has started a campaign, requesting people not to allow stagnation of water in coolers or dog-feeders, which become a hot breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, East Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday announced to launch a 15 days awareness campaign on prevention and control of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya. A senior EDMC official said that the awareness campaign will start from 15th May and will continue to 31st may to make people aware about the preventive measures to be taken to check mosquito breeding.

In one of the worst outbreak, a total of 12,221 chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi till December 24, 2016, out of which 9,749 were confirmed.



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