A 90-year-old Chembur resident died of dengue on Sunday, becoming the first person to succumb to the infection in Mumbai this monsoon.
According to doctors, Pandurang Bhosale was brought to the hospital with fever and low platelet count.
“Despite transfusion, his platelet count dropped from 1 lakh units to 23,000 during the treatment. His test reports confirmed he had contracted dengue,” said Dr Dipen Deole, medical superintendent, Surana Hospital, Chembur.
The municipal epidemiology cell has, so far this month, recorded 28 cases of dengue and 354 cases of malaria. The Kasturba hospital at Chinchpokli has got around 70 patients of malaria and dengue.
Doctors fear the mosquito-borne infections may spread.
“Even though the monsoon has arrived just two weeks ago, we have already got around six cases of dengue. We had to admit all of them as they had severe bodyache, fever and low white cell counts,” said Dr Sharat Kolke, general physician, Kohinoor Hospital, Kurla.
Dr Pradeep Shah from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said he has treated several patients of dengue in the past week. “The number of malaria cases has gone up. We have admitted six patients at three different hospitals in Malad and Goregaon. We are treating several patients with symptoms of dengue too,” said Dr Madhukar Garodiya, a physician.
According to Dr Om Shrivastav, infectious disease specialist, the only way to prevent the transmission of dengue is by stopping the breeding of mosquitoes.
“The present cases are just a result of indoor breeding. By next week, if outdoor breeding persists, the number will go up,” he said.