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Dengue Fever Scare Stings Tibetan Colony

Dengue Fever Scare Stings Tibetan Colony
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Samyeling Tibetan Colony located in Delhi, India has reported over 20 cases of dengue fever on September 7, 2013 prompting the Tibetan colony authorities to run preventable measures to stop further spread of mosquito-breeding in the colony.

The figure is alarming compared with the number of cases reported last year. "…compared with last year's 7 cases, there has been a significant increase in cases reported this year. 236 cases have been reported all over Delhi," read the announcement on the public address system of the colony.

Expressing concern over the growing number of dengue cases, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress [RTYC], Delhi launched a campaign to check the mosquito-breeding in the colony. "We have sprayed bleaching powder in the entire area of colony. Our next step would be fogging, and we have purchased a hand-operated fogging machine," says Tenzin Sheden executive member of RTYC, Delhi. They also assist dengue patients by arranging blood donations.

"Controlling the breeding of mosquito has become a major challenge. Accumulation and stagnation of water after the rain leads to massive breeding," said Karten Tsering, the colony leader.

Indian cities such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Patna, and Gaya have reported the most cases of dengue, placing half of India under the threat of dengue.