The dengue menace continued unabated in the Capital with 72 more patients testing positive for the vector-borne disease on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 2,296.

The Capital has reported five dengue deaths this season.

During the same period last year, the number of cases of the vector—borne disease in the city was only 21, while it was 369 and 75 in the corresponding periods in 2008 and 2007.

South Delhi continued to be worst—affected this season recording 354 cases, followed by MCD Civil Lines Zone (323), Central Zone (283) and Rohini (268).

The civic bodies are attributing the rapid increase in dengue cases this season to prolonged monsoon and stagnation of water at the Commonwealth Games construction sites.

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