Dengue cases over 300 in the capital

New Delhi: Dengue cases in the city crossed the 300 mark after nine more people tested positive for the Aedes mosquito virus in the past 24 hours. "In the past 24 hours nine new cases of dengue have been reported here. With this the total number of dengue cases till now stands at 302," Dr V K Monga, chairman of Municipal Corporation of Delhi health committee said.

Till yesterday, the total number of dengue cases were 293 in the city. MCD has launched a dengue awareness campaign with help from students of both private and government-aided schools. Under it, students will be given a dengue report card to check the presence of dengue mosquito in their premises, he said.

Prior to it, school children will be educated about dengue and its preventive measures so that they can spread the message in their families and community. Information pamphlets on dengue will be distributed among children in all the 1,800 MCD schools as well as government and private schools of the capital, Monga said.

Monga said, "On an average, eight to ten cases are being reported daily. Last week we had 72 cases. People should be cautious against mosquito breeding especially during September, October and November when Dengue and Chikungunya strike more."