In 1996, the city of Delhi, India saw more than 10,000 dengue fever cases making it the worst outbreak in modern times…until now. Multiple Indian media sources report that the dengue tally in the capital city has swelled to an alarming  15,254 cases, including 365 cases seen during the first week of November.

Public domain photo/Robin klein
Public domain photo/Robin klein

About half that number was recorded in October alone with 7,283 cases. Their has been 38 dengue -related deaths officially recognized; however, unofficially the number is slightly higher.

How does this compare to recent years?

Last year, slightly less than 1,000 cases were reported while in 2013, 5,574 cases were seen.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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