Delhi: Chikungunya cases spike by 150 per cent in a week

According to the latest figures, 1,568 cases of chikungunya were reported in just one week till September 17 — an increase of nearly 150 per cent over the preceding week.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 9:39 am
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In the midst of the peak season for spread of mosquito-borne infections in Delhi, as many as 4,000 people have tested positive for chikungunya and dengue, according to MCD data.

According to the latest figures, 1,568 cases of chikungunya were reported in just one week till September 17 — an increase of nearly 150 per cent over the preceding week. The total number of chikungunya cases till September 17 stood at 2,625, compared to 1,057 in the previous week. In the week preceding September 17, 497 cases had been reported.

Areas under SDMC limits have been the worst affected in number of chikungunya cases being reported — 202 for the season. MCD data says 37 cases were of people who acquired the infection from outside Delhi. While 1,283 chikungunya cases were recorded from areas outside the jurisdiction of the municipal corporations, addresses were not available for 1,018 patients among these cases.

While at least 12 deaths due to chikungunya-related complications have been reported in the capital, the MCD has not acknowledged them as chikungunya deaths in the latest report.

Dengue watch

At least 220 fresh cases of dengue were reported in the last week, while 607 cases were recorded this month till September 17, according to the MCD data. So far this season, 1,378 cases of dengue have been reported. The MCD continued to maintain that only four dengue deaths had taken place, even as AIIMS alone confirmed nine dengue-related deaths in the national capital.

In 2015, when the capital saw its worst dengue outbreak, 3,791 cases were reported. Again, areas under SDMC jurisdiction are the worst affected, with 302 cases being reported during the season. The MCD data shows as many as 500 cases of dengue were reported by persons who acquired the infection from outside Delhi.

Gurgaon: Dengue cases rise to 61

Gurgaon: In the last five days, six more cases of dengue and one of chikungunya were reported in Gurgaon, according to health department officials. This took the official figure for dengue to 61, and for chikungunya to three.