A drop in day temperatures has brought some relief from dengue in north India even as other parts of the country continued to be in the grip of the mosquito-borne viral fever with 199 fresh cases being reported. Across the country, the total number of dengue patients since early September stood at 7,687.
Health officials said Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continued to report fresh cases of dengue.
West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan were the worst affected states, reporting most of the fresh cases, they said.
‘We hope that the number of cases in these states would also start declining soon as the state governments were making all efforts (to control the spread of the disease),’ said Delhi Health Secretary D.S. Negi.
He said the dengue fever was nearing its natural death. ‘October is the month when most dengue cases are reported every year and the cases start decline from early November when wintry conditions se in,’ Negi said.
Lower temperatures are not conducive to the breeding of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which carries the dengue virus.