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Mosquito-borne illnesses rise in Delhi

With the end of vector-borne disease season just around the corner (Nov. 30), health officials in Delhi, India still recorded some 500 cases in the past week, according to a Press Trust India report.

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A total of 8,549 cases of dengue including four fatalities, 4,375 patients belonged to Delhi. Patients from other states who came to the city for treatment numbered 4,174, the report said.

In addition, more than 1100 malaria (the most in four years) and 878 chikungunya cases have been reported to date.

An official said that around 2.5 million, or 25 lakh houses have been sprayed and about 205,967  houses found positive for dengue breeding so far this year.

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).