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Dengue outbreak in North India

Authorities in New Delhi on Tuesday called for a calm after an outbreak of dengue fever killed 15 people and infected hundreds in the capital.

Dengue outbreak in North India

The authorities in New Delhi on Tuesday called for calm after an outbreak of dengue fever killed 15 people and infected hundreds in the capital and other parts of northern India.The Delhi Health Minister, Yoganand Shastri, held an emergency meeting with local hospital administrators, demanding that medical officials take strict action to fight against the spread of the virulent ailment. However, they did not declare it as an epidemic.So far, 497 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in New Delhi and 11 people have died. The disease also has hit New Delhi's neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, which reported three deaths, and one death was reported from Haryana since Saturday.
Pools of stagnating water form breeding grounds for insects. On Monday, thousands of health workers went door-to-door, spraying pesticides to try to stop the disease from spreading further.School children have been advised to wear long-sleeve shirts to prevent against mosquito bites. The disease has also hit one of the country's premier state-run health institutes. Nineteen doctors and students have fallen ill with dengue at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, with one death reported.An awareness campaign on preventing the spread of the disease is also being intensified.
AP,
October 2006
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