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Dengue crosses 3,500 mark (Oct)

The Pioneer, New Delhi, 15th October, 2013

As number of dengue cases crossed the 3500 mark, a teenage girl is reportedly the latest casualty of the fatal disease in the Capital. Yashica Narang (17), resident of Rajouri Garden in North West Delhi died on September 24, a report released by the municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) confirmed on Monday. With this, the official death toll now stands at five, while six others have been placed under suspected dengue death category by civic bodies.

Meanwhile, cases of malaria have dipped with five reported this month compared to 62 in September. All the Municipal Corporation have intensified efforts to check the spread of disease before the ensuing Assembly election. We are doing everything possible to prevent the vector-borne disease from spreading. Fumigation and anti-larval routines are being carried out along with regular checking in households, officials said. South Delhi Municipal Commissioner (SDMC) Manish Gupta said, "We also have been doing dengue homework programme' in our schools where kids are asked to cull information about the disease, and in the process sensitive not just themselves but their parents as well.

Till now, mosquito breeding has been found in 1,56,331 households this year, against 91,417 of last year's for the same period of time. Number of prosecutions launched so far is 20,575, whereas last year it was 5,865 for the same period.