Alarming rise in dengue cases in Delhi, highest since 2010: Reports

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With two deaths and over 1250 cases of Dengue, Delhi has registered most number most number of dengue fever cases since 2010.

News agency IANS quoted the MCD officials as saying that while there were only 33 dengue cases till 5 September last year, the number for same period had shot up to a whopping 1259 in 2015.

In 2010, this number stood at 1512.

Doctors, however, say that there are no signs yet to suggest the national capital region was heading towards an outbreak of dengue fever.

A report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said that the Type 4 strain of the disease had emerged as the dominant type for the first time in Delhi, along with Type 2.

Among the symptoms for Type 4 a patient is likely to have fever with shock and a drop in platelets, while Type 2 causes a severe drop in platelets, haemorrhagic fever, organ failure and dengue shock syndrome.

Ashutosh Biswas, a professor of medicine at AIIMS, said, ” To prevent dengue, one should not allow mosquito breeding at home and one who is infected should stay at home and not move around.”

Alarmed by the sudden rise in number, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital has started a new 35-bed ward for dengue patients.

“The number of dengue cases are likely to increase definitely for a few more days,” Sunil Saxena, head of the medicine and emergency department at RML Hospital was quoted by the agency.

He added, “As the season has started becoming dry, mosquito breeding will recede. Once the breeding stops, the dengue cases will be lower.”

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