Dengue fever

Indian subcontinent/CIA
Indian subcontinent/CIA

The dengue fever outbreak in Delhi has jumped by another 1,700 cases during the past week, bringing the total in the capital city to 5,471, including 33 deaths.

In all of 2014, Delhi saw only approximately 1,000 cases.

To help with the treatment of the surge of dengue patients, the India Health Ministry announced Sunday that all doctors at various CGHS Wellness Centres in Delhi and NCR shall provide consultation services and primary out-patient medical care to all citizens- whether CGHS beneficiaries or not- who may visit the Wellness Centres with symptoms of Dengue, primarily high fever.

Elsewhere in the country,  Gujarat state has seen 7200 cases with 10 percent of those being confirmed.  Haryana state has reported over 600 cases, as has Odisha state.


Delhi saw the most diphtheria cases in 2014 with 1,418 total, accounting for more than one-third of the country total last year (4,071), according to a National Health Profile published last week. Following Delhi, Haryana recorded the second highest diphtheria cases at 663.

104 died in India due to diphtheria last year.


Health officials in Visakhatanam district, Andhra Pradesh are reporting five suspected cases of cutaneous anthrax in the municipality of Hukumpeta.

The patients have been hospitalized and are being treated for the bacterial infection.

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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