With 13 more confirmed cases of dengue being reported from Gurgaon in the past one week, the toll in the city has reached over 60, an official said.
According to the doctors, the number of dengue cases in new Gurgaon area (HUDA sectors and areas developed by private builders) is more as compared to the old city.
The number of suspected cases runs in hundreds. Experts said that November is usually not the ideal time for the spread of viral diseases.
"Dengue usually spreads in August and September but this year it is spreading in November as there was less rain during monsoon and the maximum temperature remained above the normal," a doctor told IANS.
Gurgaon civil surgeon Pushpa Bishnoi said though the number of dengue patients was going up, it was less compared to the last two years.
The smoke from fire crackers usually plays an important role of killing the mosquitoes. But with the new trend of a smokeless Diwali, mosquitoes continue to breed without any check, a doctor said, adding that because of this new trend, high-tech larva checking system employed by the malaria department did not yield the desired result.
The high-tech larva checking system is a method to check mosquito breeding. The malaria department has now appointed a 20-member team to execute the larva checking system.
In 2013, there were 375 dengue patients in the district, while in 2012 the number was 469. Three people succumbed to dengue last year.