Delhi reported 301 dengue cases in the past one week, said the civic bodies. Corporation officials said that over 830 cases of dengue have been recorded in the month of August, which is highest for the period in the past five years. In all, 937 cases were reported till August 2010.
Among those affected with dengue are a Palestinian diplomat and his two sons. Sources said Abd Elrazeg Abu Jazer, first secretary in Palestine embassy, was admitted to a private hospital in Chanakyapuri on August 26 while his two sons, Ashraf (23) and Amzad (16), were hospitalized on August 28.
Salvatore Girone facing murder charges, is also reported to be down with dengue. "The Italian defense ministry has sent two military doctors to India to monitor their health," a source said.
In Delhi, this year, two dengue deaths have been officially reported. The victims, both from north Delhi, are three-year-old Shivam from Inderpuri and 37-year-old Mamta Rani from Narela. The death of a 10-year-old girl in the first week of August has been designated as a suspected dengue case. "The dengue situation in Delhi is bad. The emergency and the medicine department are flooded with dengue patients. Many people are also seeking admission in panic against the doctor's advice," said a senior doctor at Safdarjung Hospital.
North Delhi has the highest case count at 352. South Delhi has 220 cases while east Delhi has posted the lowest count at 73 cases. A total of 115 cases have been reported from areas outside the corporation areas while 30 cases have come from UP and eight from Haryana, report sources.