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Dengue cases unusual at this time, must explore why: docs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 07, 2012
First Published: 01:56 IST(7/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:04 IST(7/12/2012)

Residents of Samuha society at Mhada Complex in Malwani, where the Jafari family lives, are both upset and scared after Tariq Jafari succumbed to dengue on Wednesday night. Residents claim that more than 10 people in their locality have tested positive for dengue in the last two weeks alone.

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Jafari’s wife and four-year-old daughter, Tasneem, have also tested positive for the disease. The child is in a critical condition.

Doctors are surprised that there are dengue cases at this time of the year. “Dengue at this time of the year is not common, but we are seeing three to four cases every alternate day,” said Dr Alan Soares, general physician, Holy Spirit hospital, Andheri (east).

This year, the city recorded 907 dengue cases, the highest in the past three years. The number of dengue cases has more than doubled compared to last year, when only 416 dengue cases were recorded as per the civic health records.

There is a need to study the reason behind the sudden spurt in dengue cases this year, said infectious disease specialist Dr Om Shrivastav from Jaslok hospital on
Peddar Road.

“We did our best to save my brother. Despite medication, his condition continued to worsen,” said Momina Khan, Jafari’s sister.

“His platelet count was low and he developed breathlessness. We put him on ventilator and shifted him to Ambani hospital,” said Dr Jayesh Shah from Suchak hospital, where Jafari was admitted on November 30.

The fact that three people in the family have tested positive for dengue is an indication that the breeding ground for mosquitoes is inside or around the house,” said a senior doctor from a private hospital, on condition of anonymity. “The authorities should trace patients testing positive for dengue and find the breeding sites around their offices and homes to reduce dengue transmission in the city.”

Health experts said aedes, the dengue-causing mosquito, breeds in clean water found in water coolers and plates used for keeping potted plants, among other things.

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