Lucknow: The dengue toll in Uttar Pradesh’s state capital rose to 148 with the death of seven more people, an official said.

On Friday, at least 54 new patients tested positive for the vector-borne disease in various hospitals of the city, taking the number of patients to 1,800.

Officials informed IANS that fogging and spraying of anti-larva medicines was on at many localities.

“We hope that the weather turns quickly reducing the temperatures and putting an end to dengue and other vector-borne diseases,” said a health department official, pointing out that the mosquitoes would not survive in cold weather.

The Chief Minister’s office along with the Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar are said to be personally monitoring the situation.