The number of dengue cases recorded in the city this year is the higher than the cases registered in the last two years. According to the civic body, there have been more than 600 dengue cases this year — the highest since 2010.
Civic officials are now planning to approach the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) to investigate the cause of the rise in dengue cases.
Till date, three people have succumbed to dengue this year. Civic officials said they have not been notified of filmmaker Yash Chopra’s death. On Sunday, Chopra died of dengue after a week-long hospitalisation at Lilavati hospital, Bandra.
City doctors are worried about the alarming rise in dengue fever cases this month. “That we still see 10 to 15 dengue patients every day shows that there are breeding sites even though there has been no rainfall,” said Dr Alan Soares, general physician, Holy Spirit hospital, Andheri, where ten dengue patients are currently admitted.
Doctors advise that patients with dengue keep themselves hydrated. At present there is no specific medication to treat dengue and doctors prescribe symptomatic medication.