The number of dengue cases in West Bengal has witnessed a rapid growth with the state health department detailing 840 new dengue infections on Monday ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations in the state.
Health officials and doctors alerted people to remain cautious and take preventive measures such as not allowing water to accumulate and using mosquito nets, among others. The new cases arose after testing 7,682 samples, the health department said, reported news agency PTI.
As of now, 541 patients are admitted to government hospitals with the infection. A majority of the cases are detailed from North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, Hooghly, Murshidabad, South 24 Parganas, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts.
Last week, a 61-year-old man died of dengue in Kolkata. Subrata Sarkar, a resident of the Bansdroni area in the metropolis departed after the state witnessed a surge in the case.
Meanwhile, the national capital also observed around 281 dengue cases this month alone till September 21. According to the data from Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday. With 130 people infected by dengue in the last few days, the toll of the vector-borne disease in the city went past over 500 so far this year, according to the report.
The city had detailed 396 dengue cases till September 17, reported news agency PTI. In the last few days, 129 fresh cases have been reported, it said. Of the total 525 dengue cases recorded till September 21, 75 were detailed in August.
The squirt in dengue cases comes amid heavy rains in the capital over the last few days.
It is also the highest number of dengue cases registered during the January 1-September 21 period since 2017, when the corresponding figure was 1,807. No casualty has been reported so far this year due to the infection.
The report said 106 cases of malaria and 20 cases of chikungunya have also been detailed this year in Delhi till September 21.
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