India battles dengue outbreak

An Indian Municipal Corporation sanitation worker fumigating an area in Old Delhi yesterday, even as a child slept on the ground nearby. The anti-dengue fumigation drive to curb breeding sites for mosquitoes comes amid a dengue outbreak in New Delhi.
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An Indian Municipal Corporation sanitation worker fumigating an area in Old Delhi yesterday, even as a child slept on the ground nearby. The anti-dengue fumigation drive to curb breeding sites for mosquitoes comes amid a dengue outbreak in New Delhi. The number of cases reported has reached 25,000 across India, according to Indian civic officials. The real figure, however, is believed to be hundreds of times higher, said the BBC. The authorities have demanded that all government doctors not take leave until the outbreak subsides, which analysts believe will not happen for weeks until the first winter chill kills off the mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline 'India battles dengue outbreak'. Print Edition | Subscribe