Gurgaon: Haryana on Sunday reported three dengue deaths from Fatehabad, Hisar and Nuh, taking its toll this season to four, the highest since 2015 when the mosquito-borne disease claimed 13 lives. The state had seen its first dengue death this time in Panchkula on October 28. From 2016 till this year, no dengue deaths were reported.
At 8,819, the official dengue count in Haryana is also at a five-year high, owing to a long monsoon. With the rains continuing late into the year, health officials have warned that the number of cases might increase. The tally is already significantly higher than the 4,550 cases reported in 2017, which saw the most cases in the past few years. In 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, the caseload was 2,494, 1,936, 1,207 and 1,377, respectively.
Districts with the highest number of cases have been marked ‘most affected’. These include Fatehabad (916), Panchkula (792), Hisar (755), Sirsa (718), Sonipat (683), Kaithal (675) and Ambala (558).
Other than these seven districts, Jind has 411 cases, followed by Nuh (409), Charkhi Dadri (364), Rohtak (299), Gurgaon (283), Bhiwani (273), Faridabad (269), Rewari (260), Jhajjar (242), Yamunanagar (234), Panipat (181), Kurukshetra (162), Mahendergarh(153), Karnal (172) and Palwal (43).
Of the total 8,819 cases, 5,703 were reported by government hospitals and 3,116 by private facilities.
Due to the increase in cases, 85 new dedicated wards for dengue were established in all 22 districts on Sunday following a direction from the Haryana health department. A total of 658 beds were added by government hospitals.
Usha Gupta, director (health), Haryana, said, “All districts are under directions to admit dengue patients with low platelet count at the earliest at hospitals to prevent mortality due to the disease. Hospitals are also under directions to increase the bed capacity for dengue patients.”
Aedes aegypti, the dengue-causing mosquito, typically breeds in stagnant water in containers such as desert coolers, overhead tanks, plastic bags, bottles, cups thrown on garbage, discarded items on rooftops, flowerpots and birdbaths. During the rainy season, mosquito-breeding sites have to be identified and eliminated.
According to the health department, at least 420 domestic breeding checkers are working in each district, and 1,410 hand-operated and 35 vehicle-mounted fogging machines are currently in use. Indoor residual sprays are also under use at the 57 high-risk areas where malaria incidence was high in the past three years.
Meanwhile, Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon, said, “Dengue cases are on the decline. We are working to ensure that all patients are treated at the earliest.”
Gurgaon reported its first cases of the season on August 24, with five people testing positive. The city reported 22 dengue cases in 2019 and 51 dengue cases in 2020.

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