West Bengal: 840 New Dengue Cases Reported Ahead Of Durga Puja Celebrations

The number of dengue cases in West Bengal has seen a rapid rise with the state health department reporting 840 new infections on Monday ahead of the Durga Puja celebrations in the state. Health officials and doctors warned people to remain cautious and take preventive measures such as not allowing water to accumulate and using mosquito nets, among others. The new cases emerged 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 disease. A majority of the cases are reported from North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Kolkata, Hooghly, Murshidabad, South 24 Parganas, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts.

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Last week, a 61-year-old man succumbed to dengue in Kolkata.  Subrata Sarkar, a resident of Bansdroni area in the metropolis passed away after the state witnessed a spurt in the cases.

Meanwhile, the national capital also witnessed around 281 cases this month alone till September 21, according to the report from Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday. With 130 people affected by dengue in the last few days, the toll of the vector-borne disease in the city has surpassed over 500 so far this year, according to the report.

The city had recorded 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 cases recorded till September 21, 75 were reported in August.

The rise in dengue cases comes amid heavy rains in the capital over the last few days.

It is also the highest number of dengue cases logged during the January 1-September 21 period since 2017, when the

corresponding figure was 1,807. No death has been reported so far this year due to the disease.

The report said 106 cases of malaria and 20 cases of chikungunya have also been reported this year in Delhi till September 21.

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