Even as the Health authorities struggle to deal with H1N1 cases — over 3,000 cases and 10 deaths till March 7 — three dengue cases have been reported in the capital. In the same period last year, not a single case of the viral disease was reported.
Municipal authorities said anti-mosquito measures had been launched from the beginning of the year. Senior officials attributed the cases to intermittent rain in the past week. “Once monsoon starts setting in, we see cases every year, but it is usually after April. This year, due to prevailing weather conditions, we have seen intermittent rain. The cases could be because of that, but the dengue season has still not set in,” a senior official said.
“So far, over 50 lakh home visits have been undertaken to check mosquito breeding, during which 1,080 legal notices have been issued,” the official said.
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Of the three patients, one patient was treated at AIIMS, the other at the Lady Hardinge Medical College.
The third patient tested positive for dengue at a railway hospital. Municipal officials said no incident of malaria has so far been reported from the capital.
Last year, 995 patients had tested positive for dengue, with three deaths reported in the city. In 2013, 5,574 cases were reported with six deaths.
Health department officials said they had been holding meetings to discuss measures to control dengue since January.
“Every virus has a cycle with spurt in cases seen every few years. We have put in place measures to control the virus, and hospitals have been notified to stay alert for dengue. In the last few meetings that we have held with medical superintendents on swine flu, we have also taken stock of the dengue situation,” a senior Health department official said.
Health officials said to ensure dengue patients get proper treatment, more options have been put in place for them.