The number of confirmed dengue cases in the Capital has crossed the 600 mark with 31 fresh cases being registered on Saturday. The total number of dengue cases stands at 611 with two deaths so far this season. The largest number of cases have been reported from South Zone.

A senior Municipal Corporation of Delhi health official said: “This season, South Zone has reported the maximum number of 234 cases, while 211 cases were detected in North Zone, 144 cases in East Zone and the other cases were reported from the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment area. Of the 611 cases, six are from outside Delhi.”

The official said that last year the city had reported 216 cases of dengue, eight of them from outside Delhi, by this time of the year.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Directorate of Health Services and the Delhi Medical Association (DMA) organised a “Dengue and Malaria Update-2012” on Saturday to discuss the current scenario in the management, prevention and treatment of dengue and malaria.

DMA president Dr. Harish Gupta said: “Every year during September and October a large number of people get exposed to the risk of developing dengue fever and across the country several thousand of patients suffer from dengue and its complications. We demand that the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation start an extensive cleanliness drive and a public awareness campaign to ensure that at least people in the Capital remain safe.”

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