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City witnesses alarming rise in malaria, dengue cases

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80 malaria and 30 suspected dengue cases reported in 4 days

Mumbai : The city is seeing an alarming rise in malaria and dengue cases with 80 cases of malaria and 30 cases of dengue being reported in just four days (July 1-4). Though the number of cases is rising with each passing day, BMC claims that the figures are not high as compared to previous year.

Civic officials stated that maximum cases of malaria and dengue have been reported from Malad, Oshiwara and Goregaon.


Health officials stated that water-logging, stagnant water and unhygienic conditions are ideal for mosquitoes to breed and produce dengue and malaria. Dr Suhasini Nagda, medical director of civic hospitals, said, “Fluctuating temperatures and erratic weather is also turning the situation worse. However, we will be strengthening our drives in the future such as more people and medical officers will be recruited in all the wards to check-up on monsoon-diseases. They will be asked to follow up on the areas, age-groups of people and pattern of the disease.”

City doctors have emphasised that people should seek immediate treatment and visit a doctor instead of opting for home-made remedy. They added that people should also consume nutritious food in order to keep their immunity system strong. Dr Sharat Kolke, consultant physician at Kohinoor Hospital, said, “It is crucial that people recognise the early symptoms of dengue and malaria such as fever, body ache, vomiting and nausea. People should avoid walking on roads where there is potholes filled with water because there are high chances of contracting infection.”

City reports its first two lepto deaths

Mumbai : Two western suburb residents became the first two to succumb to leptospirosis whereas 15 suspected-lepto cases have been registered in the city in past four days. The deceased have been identified as 30-year old and 16-year-old men from Dahisar and Kandivali who breathed their last at civic-run hospital on Thursday.

Civic health official informed that both the patients died owing to acute febrile illness with acute respiratory distress syndrome with thrombocytopenia. Dr Minnie Khetarpal, head of epidemiology cell at BMC, said, “Dahisar-resident visited a private practioner on June 27. However, he was subsequently shifted from private nursing home to a BMC hospital on July 1.”

The second deceased, who is a Kandivali resident, had a history of walking in flooded water and was under alcoholism, said a civic official. He showed symptoms such as high temperature, aches, chill since June 28 wherein he visited a private practioner. However, he was admitted to a BMC hospital on July 1 wherein he succumbed to the disease after his deteriorated.

Though two deaths of lepto have been reported, civic health officials claim that there is no need to panic. “One needs to be aware about the symptoms and causes of leptospirosis. Lepto is an infection which is caused by water which is infected and stagnant and due to urine of animals. People should seek a doctor at the earliest if there are any lepto symptoms,” added Dr Khetarpal.

Preventive measures for dengue and malaria

  1. Maintain hygiene and cleanliness
  2. Wash your hands and legs after coming from outside
  3. Do not walk on roads which are filled with stagnant water
  4. Stop consuming food from outside as it contains bacteria
  5. Boil and filter your water before drinking
  6. Use mosquito repellants
  7. Seek a doctor for treatment at the earliest

Symptoms for dengue and malaria

  1. High fever
  2. Severe headache
  3. Pain behind the eyes
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Rash
  7. Joint and muscle pain
  8. Exhaustion