Delhi: Deadly dengue cases in the city up to 1,185
As Delhi is experiencing a season-change with the onset of monsoon, deadly vector-borne diseases in the city are on the rise. Municipal Corporation of Delhi stated the number of dengue cases this season jumped to 1,185; over 35% of them were recorded in August. Recently, a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome - the first vector-borne disease-related death in Delhi this year.
According to a report released by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of malaria cases rose to 524 while that of chikungunya cases increased to 392 (until 2 September). Of the 1,185 dengue cases reported in the city, 604 people were Delhi residents while the rest were from other states; of the 604 Delhi patients, 418 were affected this month.
Cases of all three vector-borne diseases in Delhi were reported much earlier in 2017, according to doctors who attribute the same to the early arrival this year's monsoon. Usually, vector-borne diseases are reported between mid-July and November-end.