Mumbai : The civic health report on monsoon-related diseases on Wednesday revealed that the city has witnessed a rise in the cases of fever, malaria, Lepto and swine flu in the city. The report stated that 2146 fever, 175 malaria and 138 swine flu cases have been reported from August 10 to 16 alone. Following this, the civic health officers have initiated an advisory asking people to guard against fever, consult a doctor at the earliest if diagnosed with chills; fever and muscle ache and avoid crowded places as there are chances of spread of the infection.

The surge in the cases and deaths of swine flu, Lepto has worried the city health experts and civic officials. City doctors state that swine flu is gripping the city people, of which high-risk category group are the worst hit as they are at the most vulnerable level.

Dr Minni Khetarpal, head of epidemiology cell at BMC, said, “Nature is not in our favour wherein the fluctuating temperatures are triggering the viruses. Also, one of the reasons for rise in cases is owing to better diagnostic facilities. We have been witnessing huge cases of monsoon-related diseases but our aim is to control mortality because the deaths are surging with each passing day.”

City doctors state that viruses such as swine flu and Lepto are aggressive and dominant in nature.  Dr Om Srivastava, head of infectious diseases department at Jaslok Hospital said, “The number of cases which are being reported every day is a cause of worry. People with high-risk category should get vaccinated and also we advise people to stay indoors and avoid travel in order to protect from spreading or contracting infections.”

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Wadala man becomes 37th victim of swine flu

A 64-year-old man from Wadala became the latest victim to die of swine flu in the city. With this, the death toll has reached to 37 so far this year. The deceased was subsequently shifted from Dhanvantari Hospital to Wockhardt Hospital last Tuesday. Following this, he was started on Oseltamivir the next day but he developed pneumonia with septic shock and died of multiple organ failure on Saturday. Meanwhile, the city reported 60 swine flu cases in past 48 hours.

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