As the monsoon nears its end, the city has witnessed a 50% spike in dengue cases in the past two weeks, according to reports from the municipal health department.
Doctors have advised caution and said that as the rains recede, the number of cases is going to rise.
Between September 2 and 8, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) epidemiology department recorded 38 dengue cases, as compared to 25 cases between August 26 and September 1.
Doctors said the number of cases reported in this time of the year seems to be higher than the corresponding period last year.
They have also observed an increase in the patients suffering from a serious strain of the virus. Incidentally, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of dengue deaths in the country (see box) in 2013.
Of this, the city has accounted for four deaths since January, three of which have been in the last fortnight alone, from Goregaon and Malad.
“We are seeing a slight increase in the number of dengue cases. Not all dengue patients test positive and hence the test should be repeated. We have previously seen that other ailments also exhibit dengue-like symptoms,” said Dr Dhanashree Kelkar, consultant, infectious diseases, Global Hospitals Mumbai
Doctors said many patients need hospitalisation because of a low platelet count.
“We are treating four-to-five dengue patients every day, on outpatient department basis. Last year, we did not see so many dengue patients at this time of the year,” said Dr Shahid Barmare, physician, Kohinoor Hospital, Kurla.
The Ghatkopar-Kurla bed has emerged as a hotbed for the disease. “We have seen a high incidence of dengue in the region,” Barmare said.
Another trend noted this year was a rise in cases in posh localities. In July, the civic body had found 58% of dengue-causing Aedes mosquitos breeding in homes of people residing in affluent housing societies.