The national capital New Delhi is in the firing line of dengue, a dangerous disease, which may be fatal in extreme cases. It has already registered over 600 cases and still counting. Ironically, the latest victim is Dr. Vineet Choudhary, deputy director of AIIMS, the country's best known hospital. Dr. Choudhary is currently under treatment. He is one of the 30 odd patients being admitted each day. Doctors claim that the number of patients has doubled this year. But in a typical blame-game, state and local bodies are refusing to shoulder responsibility for the latest public health fiasco.
Dengue is spread by the bite of the aedes egypti mosquito, which is active at dawn and dusk, as opposed to the malaria-spreading anopheles mosquito, which is more active at night. Its symtoms include high fever, red body rashes and body ache. Wearing full-sleeve clothes, not letting water stagnate in and around the house and sprinkling diesel or kerosene, if there is any.