Mumbai: Between October 1 and 22, Mumbai recorded 737 dengue cases followed by malaria (680), swine flu (51) and gastroenteritis (263), as per the civic data.
Acknowledging the surge, BMC's Executive Health Officer Dr Daksha Shah said that the erratic weather has been conducive to the spread of dengue.
Swine flu cases also on the rise
“We have been getting an average of four to five dengue patients daily, but admissions are limited. However, there is a slight surge in swine flu cases, especially the H3N2 variant,” said a senior health official. Dr Shah said that the BMC has been actively mapping cases and conducting visits to around 500 households in the vicinity of each infected case. The number of patients has started to decline now, she informed.
Meanwhile, the BMC has issued an advisory to combat mosquito breeding. Underlining that even small accumulations of water, such as those found in discarded plastic containers or puddles, can serve as breeding grounds for mosquito larvae, the civic body appealed to remove items like tins, thermocol boxes, and coconut shells as water gets collected in them.