Dengue cases this year have nearly doubled,with 17 cases being reported till July 27,against nine till the same time last year. On the other hand,malaria cases in the the Capital has seen a significant dip,with 45 cases being seen this year,against last years 102.
A total of 2,093 dengue cases were reported in 2012,and four patients succumbed to the disease. Eight patients died after contracting the viral disease in both 2011 and 2010. This year no deaths have been reported so far.
Health experts attributed the spike to the intermittent rains and high humidity levels. Officials from the three municipal corporations are said to have intensified fumigation efforts. We are working on ensuring fumigation efforts continue regularly,and reporting is regular. There is no reason to panic as these are annual diseases,where numbers start increasing after the monsoons, a health official from the South Municipal Corporation said.
The North Corporation with 46 malaria cases,and seven dengue cases,has reported the highest number of monsoon diseases this year. Last year saw the highest malaria cases being reported in the last five years,with 22 in July alone. This year,13 cases have been observed in July.