Gurgaon sees 17 dengue cases in 4 days


Gurgaon: At least 17 people were found positive for dengue in a rapid fever survey conducted across the city in the past four days. A total of 49 dengue cases have been reported this season so far.
Meanwhile, fogging and anti-larvae drives are being carried out in and around the hotspots across the district to curb the menace. A health official pointed out that the city is receiving dengue patients from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and nearby districts as well. Meanwhile, 68 patients from outside the city were admitted to various Gurgaon hospitals.
“People should not take medicines to suppress the fever without consulting doctors. This practice can be fatal. Everyone is advised to visit doctors and take proper steps at the earliest,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon.
So far, no dengue-related death has been reported in the city. Doctors have advised residents to wear full-sleeved clothing and to use mosquito repellents. The health department has also mapped some of the hotspots, which include Wazirabad, Palam Vihar, Basai, Kanhai Colony, Sarhaul Village, Sector 21 A, Sector 39, Sector 12 A, Sector 47, Dharam Colony, Sector 12, Udyog Vihar Phase-1 and Jharsa village.
Vector-borne diseases are on the rise despite the rise in humidity levels. Dengue-causing mosquitoes breed in freshwater and it takes a week for the larvae to hatch. There could be a spike in dengue and malaria cases in Gurgaon with a rise in the city’s humidity levels, warned doctors as they urged residents to take necessary precautions.
The city had the highest number of dengue cases in 2015 when a total of 451 cases were registered in the city. This figure stood at 86 in 2016, 66 in 2017and 93 in 2018. In 2019, less than 22 cases of dengue were reported in Gurgaon, which rose to 51 in 2021.
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