The eastern parts of Bandra and Santacruz reported the most dengue cases in October with 343, according to the civic epidemiology cell.
Public and private hospitals in Mumbai recorded around 4,000 suspected dengue cases in October. Only 700 confirmed cases have been reported from public hospitals this year, with 10 dengue-related deaths.
Ironically, the number of dengue breeding sites detected in Bandra and Santacruz (East) was comparatively lower. The insecticide department found that Byculla had the most breeding sites, with the area also recording the second highest number of dengue cases in the city with 233.
“More Aedes breeding sites may not necessarily mean more dengue patients in the area,” said R Naringrekar, chief insecticide officer at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). He added that the higher detection of breeding sites only increases the possibility of dengue transmission.
The civic body’s mapping of dengue patients in Mumbai shows that most cases are reported in the central and western suburbs.
Localities in Matunga (West), Mahim, Prabhadevi, Worli, Dadar (East) and Dadar (West) have collectively recorded 579 cases.
“I have treated around 15 dengue cases in the last month. We even had a seven-month-old child with dengue who was in critical condition on admission. Many in the child’s neighbourhood had dengue,” said Dr Deepa Suvarna, paediatrician at Pikale Nursing Home in Mahim. Localities in Mahim and Matunga (West) recorded 218 dengue cases in October, as per BMC records.
Doctors said that unexpected showers in the city on Thursday and Friday will only increase outdoor breeding sites.
“We expected the cases to drop but now with these sudden rains, breeding sites for Aedes mosquito will rise. Even now, we are seeing at least three to four cases every day,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Breach Candy Hospital, who at present is treating a 28-year-old man who developed respiratory failure as a result of dengue infection.
This year, more than 25 doctors from four public medical colleges in Mumbai were treated for dengue infection.