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Dengue cases mount to 8,896 in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) At least 347 cases of dengue were reported in the city last week, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease to 8,896, according to a municipal report released today.

The number of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded till November 25 stood at 1,128 and 901.

Of the total 8,896 cases of dengue, 4,556 patients belonged to Delhi. 4,340 patients from other states came to the city for treatment, the report read.

The mosquito-borne tropical disease claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1 when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).

Three more deaths were reported in October by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data for the entire city.

The civic body, however, has not acknowledged two fatalities due to dengue at the LNJP Hospital.

The number of dengue cases recorded in the city in October stood at 2,022 while 727 cases have been reported this month till November 25, it said.

Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end.

This year, however, the disease spread much earlier.

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