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Delhi gripped with worst outbreak of chikungunya virus – 10 deaths & 1,000 cases reported

At least ten deaths and over 1000 patients have been reported in the last two days from India's capital Delhi due to chickengunya,  a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

According reports chikungunya and dengue are taking the toll on Delhi and a few other cities across India, with at least ten deaths due to the vector-borne disease reported in the last two days. While the number of chikungunya cases has risen to over 1,000, dengue cases have shot up to 1,158 in the Indian capital with nearly 390 of them being recorded in the first ten days of September.

According to India’s National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), around 12,255 cases of chikungunya have been reported across the country till 31 August. Karnataka alone has recorded 8,941 cases, Maharashtra 839 and Andhra Pradesh 492.

Meanwhile, a senior health ministry official said at this moment, there is an "outbreak" situation with regard to chikungunya.

Doctors say chikungunya is not a life-threatening disease in general, but in rare cases leads to complications that prove fatal, especially in children and old persons.

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