Delhi city officials reported Monday that the number of dengue fever cases nearly doubled during the past week with the total cases now at 530, the most cases in the city since 2010 when 550 cases were reported.
At least two dengue related deaths have been reported to date.
Last week, Secretary of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Shri B P Sharma gathered department heads together to review preparedness.
Sharma urged the Municipal Bodies and Delhi Government officials to be alert over next two months and to gear up activities and measures to be taken for awareness generation, prevention and control of Dengue so as to effectively address the situation, and not allow it to escalate.
Source reduction activity to eliminate the mosquito breeding was identified as a priority activity to reduce the risk of dengue transmission.
In addition, creating awareness among the communities for prevention and control of dengue emerged as a focus area during the meeting.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today