Vector-borne diseases on rise in city

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Vector-borne diseases on rise in city

Saturday, 24 October 2020 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

With 97 fresh cases reported last week, the number of people infected with dengue has reached 520 this year. Fourteen new cases of malaria and three cases of chikungunya also reported in Delhi last week taking the total number to 288 and 88 respectively till October 17. 

According to the latest report released by all three Municipal Corporation, mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 94977 households and 72709 legal notices have been issued this year. The dengue breeding checkers have checked 17765208 houses and also issued challans to 8775 numbers of office and residential premises.

A senior SDMC official said that all the preventive steps have been taken to reduce the cases. “The key to prevention of Dengue is ensuring there is no clean stagnant water in homes and around, which does not allow the Aedes mosquitoes to breed, and therefore dengue cannot spread,” he said.

Dengue mosquito larvae breed in clear, standing water while those of malaria mosquito thrive even in dirty water. Doctors have advised people to take precautions and ensure that there is no breeding of mosquito larvae around them.

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