NEW DELHI: At least seven cases of dengue has been reported in the national capital with five of them in the first 10 days of April, according to a municipal report.
March saw two cases of the vector-borne disease and the current month five till April 9, it said.
Last year, the city saw staggering 15,867 number of cases, worst in 20 years. The disease also claimed 60 lives, as per municipal reports.
During 1996 a severe outbreak of dengue had occurred in Delhi wherein about 10,252 cases and 423 deaths were reported.
In 2010, besides over 6,200 total cases, only eight deaths were officially reported throughout the year. The Commonwealth Games were held that year and massive construction works in the city was a major factor in the spread of the disease.
Health Minister Satyender Jain today held a meeting on the preparedness to deal with the vector-born disease at the Delhi Secretariat, which was attended by senior officers of the government and National Institute of Malaria Research and medical superintendents of various hospitals in the capital, among others.
"All establishments including government and private hospitals have been asked to identify a nodal officer to ensure there is no mosquito-breeding in their premises," an official said.