MCD puts chikungunya cases at 1,000, hospitals say figures are likely higher

Sources at AIIMS confirmed that till Sunday, 1,360 patients had tested positive for chikungunya.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2016 4:02 pm
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Chikungunya cases in the national capital have already crossed the 1,000 mark, official figures released by the MCD show. But, according to sources, the unofficial number is likely to be much higher, with 1,360 patients testing positive for the disease in AIIMS alone. According to the MCD, till September 10, 1,057 people tested positive for the disease — up from 560 cases the week before.

But sources in different hospitals suggested that the number of cases could be much higher. Sources at AIIMS confirmed that till Sunday, 1,360 patients had tested positive for chikungunya. At Safdarjung Hospital, which has seen a huge inflow of patients, 531 patients have so far tested positive for the disease, sources said. At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, sources said, at least 400 patients have tested positive so far.

According to MCD data, the densely populated South Delhi Municipal Corporation area continues to record the highest number of cases — 202, out of which 139 were reported in the last one week. The figures also state that 947 people contracted the disease in Delhi, while 110 acquired it from outside the city.

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According to the MCD, 1,158 cases of dengue have been reported in the capital this season. Last year, the city had seen a spurt in the number of dengue cases around this time, with the final count for 2015 standing at 1,872. In the last one week, 390 dengue cases have been recorded in the capital, with the MCD stating that four dengue deaths have taken place so far. In dengue, too, SDMC tops the list with 255 cases recorded under its jurisdiction.