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Times of India
21 August 2010
New Delhi, India

Monitoring Agency Deploys 12 Teams As City Sees 26 New Cases
The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) – the monitoring agency for all vector borne disease– has decided to deploy teams in 12 MCD zones to assess the situation and take corrective measures. With 26 more cases reported on Friday, the total number of dengue cases has risen to 348 in the capital.

‘‘We feel the situation could be as serious as it was in 2006 when dengue outbreak was declared in the capital. We have sent 12 teams in all MCD zones to strengthen the vector control programme. Our officials will be inspecting sites and preparing an assessment report,’’ said an senior NVBDCP official.

Experts fear the rise in number of cases is indicative of an ‘‘outbreak-like situation’’ this year. ‘‘In the last eight years, MCD has never reported close to 350 cases in the month of August. If mosquito breeding is happening then one has to take timely measures,’’ said a senior doctor.

MCD said it was trying its best. ‘‘Our officials are trying their best to control breeding. People have to be conscious and should ensure that there is no breeding happening in their surroundings. Our breeding checker are trying to cover maximum houses, but they can repeat a visit only after one month, therefore, people have to be extra cautious,’’ said Dr NK Yadav, MHO at the civic body.

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