Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December.
New Delhi: At least 13 fresh cases of malaria, six of dengue, and one of chikungunya were reported in the national capital in the past one week.
At least 42 cases of malaria have been reported in the first four weeks of July in Delhi, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease in this season to 88, according to a municipal report released on Monday.
Two cases of malaria were reported in February, one each in April and March, 17 in May, 25 in June and 42 till July 28, as per the report released by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases for the city.
Of the total 49 dengue cases this season, 19 were reported in July, six in January, three in February, one in March, two in April, 10 in May and eight in June. One fresh case of chikungunya has also been reported last week, taking the total this season to 35.
The report also said domestic breeding checkers have found mosquito-breeding in 80,411 households in the city till July 28. It said 76,293 legal notices have been served for various violations and “8,878 prosecutions have been initiated”.
“Both dengue and malaria have different carriers. Therefore, it is not unusual for malaria cases to be reported in larger number compared to dengue,” a senior doctor at a government-run hospital said.
She prescribed that people must take all precautions like wearing full-sleeved clothes and not allowing breeding of mosquito larvae inside homes, drying up water coolers when not in use and using mosquito nets should be used at home.,” the doctor said.
Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. No vector-borne disease case was reported till January 13.