With the number of dengue cases reporting an increase in the Capital, which is all set to host the Commonwealth Games in just about a month from now, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry claim to have undertaken extensive mosquito control measures including larvae control and fogging along the railway tracks.

"There is no need to panic but get involved in the control measures which are very simple and can be easily done by each household,'' an official statement of the Ministry said. The situation is being jointly monitored by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, the National Centre for Disease Control and the National Institute of Malaria Research.

The Ministry on Tuesday said that hospitals in both the government and private sector were prepared for detection and treatment of dengue cases and the system was fully prepared to meet any future need of blood platelets, if required for management of dengue cases.

The Ministry officials said that the present dengue virus infection was benign which was evident from low mortality in comparison to earlier years. Fatality rate due to early detection of cases and proper management was extremely low with only three deaths reported of the 863 confirmed cases of dengue.

Since the mosquito causing dengue virus breeds in and around the houses in clean water, involvement of community, Resident Welfare Associations, schools, non-governmental organisations and municipal councillors is essential in supplementing the governmental efforts in controlling dengue in the city.

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