Malaria and dengue cases rise in New Delhi

The number of malaria and dengue cases are rising sharply in New Delhi, India, as a result of weather conditions that are ideal for the breeding of disease-spreading mosquitoes.

Municipal authorities reported 12 new dengue cases across the city in the past week, bringing the total number of cases to 88 during the season. The number of malaria cases rose above 800 for the season during the past week, the Times of India reports.

"There is a sudden spurt in dengue cases over the past week," S. P. Byotra, the head of the medicine department at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, said, according to the Times of India. "We are getting 10-12 suspected cases daily and those with platelet counts lesser than 50,000 have to be admitted."

Weather conditions have been conducive for the breeding of mosquitoes. The insects spread both dengue and malaria.

"Mosquito repellants must be used and the surrounding should be clean and stagnation of water must be checked," V. K. Monga, the ex-chairman of the MCD health committee, said, according to the Times of India.

Monga added that many patients stop taking their medicine when their symptoms go away. This can lead to a recurrence of the disease.

A. K. Walia, Delhi's health minister, met with officials on Monday to issue directions for intensified fogging with pesticides to kill mosquitoes. Particular attention is being given to vulnerable mosquito breeding grounds such as construction sites, the Times of India reports.