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Delhi: 277 dengue cases in 2nd week of November; total crosses 15,500

New Delhi,November 17: The dengue outbreak seems to have plateaued in the second week of November with about 280 cases of the disease reported in the national capital, which was faced with its worst outbreak of the vector-borne fever since 1996.

The civic administration maintained its official dengue death toll at 38 in a report released on Monday by SDMC, which compiles the data on behalf of all the civic bodies in the city. 

Unofficially, however, the number of dengue deaths reported in Delhi was 43.

The total number of dengue cases reported in 2015 in Delhi stands at over 15,500 even as the first week of this month saw 365 cases. A total of 277 cases were reported in the second week of November.

While 7,283 cases were reported in October, the maximum for all the months, the vector-borne disease is supposed to hit a plateau in November. At 15,531 cases, the dengue outbreak in 2015 was the worst in the city since 1996, when 10,252 cases 
and 423 deaths were reported.

The total number of cases in 2015 had crossed the 1996- mark on October 10, by when 10,683 people had come down with the deadly virus.

Of the total number of cases reported till November 14, south Delhi recorded the maximum with 3,148 cases followed by north Delhi with 2,903 cases. East Delhi recorded the lowest incidence of dengue with 1,737 cases.

Meanwhile, till November 14, the number of houses found positive for mosquito breeding stands at 2,35,661 while prosecution launched in the same period was for nearly 23,341 cases, according to the report.

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