Hundreds infected with dengue fever, malaria in Delhi, India

Public health officials in Delhi, India, recently announced that the city is dealing with 479 cases of dengue fever and 218 cases of malaria.

Delhi Health Minister Dr. A.K. Walia said that the number of cases is not alarming but admitted that more public assistance was needed in controlling the city’s mosquito population, according to

“We have recorded four dengue deaths this season but compared to previous years the number of deaths is lower,” Dr. N. K. Yadav, the chief medical officer for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, said, reports. “Several cases that are under treatment in private and government hospitals in Delhi are suspected dengue cases and till they are confirmed we don't notify them as dengue cases.”

Malaria cases in the region have mostly originated in outlying rural areas and unauthorized colonies.

“Dengue cases on the other hand have been reported from all over the city and we have occasional sporadic cases of Japanese Encephalitis which is not area specific,” Yadav said, according to “The MCD has been trying to spread awareness about controlling the spread of dengue and malaria and we are conducting fogging and mosquito breeding checking in all areas of the city. The city has reported cases of Japanese Encephalitis and we have taken samples from those affected to ensure that the disease is contained."