Mercury dips,so does dengue count

Nearly 200 new cases of dengue were detected in the last four days,taking the total count of diagnosed cases to 4,402 till date this year.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 2:33 am

Nearly 200 new cases of dengue were detected in the last four days,taking the total count of diagnosed cases to 4,402 till date this year.

A six-year-old girl from Arambagh,who died at Lady Hardinge Medical College on October 4 with symptoms of dengue fever,has been listed as a “suspected dengue death”,since no lab test was done to verify her diagnosis,the report sent to the civic body before her death showed.

Authorities are yet to verify her blood tests to get a confirmed diagnosis. Six people have succumbed to the virus this year,including another six-year-old girl who died at Safdarjung hospital on September 24. Seven others who died with symptoms of dengue but tested positive for antigen or antibody tests through the rapid diagnostic kits,have been notified as “suspected dengue deaths” by the civic agencies.

With temperatures dipping,health department officials expect cases of dengue to start declining.

“As rains stop,and temperatures start dropping,mosquito breeding ceases,and so does the spread of the dengue virus. In the last two weeks,we have not seen any rains,so cases have come down considerably. Intermittent rains over the past few months kept the dengue cases coming in,” an official from the South Municipal Corporation explained.

According to the corporations,2,000 cases were reported in October alone,with 48 patients from neighbouring states being admitted to hospitals in Delhi.

With 1,876 cases,the North Municipal Corporation has recorded the highest count from the viral disease,followed by the South corporation,which has recorded 1,298 cases. The count is 1,061 for areas under East corporation. Rohini Zone,with 841 cases,has seen the highest number of dengue cases in a single zone,with one confirmed and two suspected deaths being recorded in the area.

Officials say if patients who are testing positive through rapid tests are considered,the total count may increase 2-3 times. “These kits give a lot of false positives. According to guidelines issued by the Centre,we have been asked to take only ELISA tests into account,” a municipal health official said explained.

Meanwhile,cases of malaria have dipped,with only 26 cases this month against 62 in September.

Case count

In 2013

Total cases: 4,402

Last four days: 200

October alone: 2,000

Confirmed deaths: 6

Suspected deaths: 8

Zone figures

North corporation: 1,876

South corporation: 1,298

East corporation: 1,061

Rohini Zone

Highest number of cases in a zone

Total cases: 841

Deaths: 1 confirmed,

2 suspected

2010 – highest number of

cases in recent years

Total cases: 6,000

Deaths: 8


Total cases: 1,131

Deaths: 8


n Total cases: 2,093

n Deaths: 4

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