Over 15,000 cases of dengue and 38 deaths due to the disease have been reported in Delhi this year, the municipal corporations of Delhi said on Monday. Over 640 cases were reported in November alone, said the corporations.
This is the highest number of cases the capital has seen in nearly two decades, considerably more than the approximately 10,000 cases reported in 1996.
North Delhi civic body, with over 5,250 cases, recorded the highest number of patients diagnosed with dengue, followed by South Delhi corporation with 4,440 patients and East Delhi corporation with 3,150 patients.
Last year, less than 1,000 cases and three deaths were reported in the capital. In 2010, over 6,200 dengue cases and eight deaths due to the disease were reported.
Earlier, AIIMS doctors had said that type 2 and 4, two of the virus strains associated with more severe symptoms of dengue, have been prevalent this year.
Najafgarh, under the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, recorded the highest number of cases for a single municipal zone: 970. Over 2,600 patients who were treated for the virus in Delhi hospitals were from neighbouring states.