Of all districts in Maharashtra, Mumbai has recorded the maximum number of dengue deaths this year, according to the state health department.
Chandrapur has recorded the highest number of dengue cases (636) this year and one confirmed one dengue-related death so far.
While Mumbai has recorded five dengue deaths with 532 cases so far this year.
About 30% of the cases in the state are from Chandrapur and Mumbai. “Both the districts have different breeding sites. In Chandrapur, we have found dengue-spreading mosquitoes breeding in water in coal mines and forests, while
Mumbai witnesses breeding at spots in houses and housing complexes,” said Dr Kanchan Jagtap, from the state health department.
The Chandrapur district has, so far, reported 23 outbreaks.
“Most of the cases were from 100 villages in the region, in August and September. Plastic bottles and water containers acted as breeding ground in a majority of the cases,” said Dr Shriram Gogulwar, district health officer of Chandrapur.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, however, claim the rise is a result of increased awareness about reporting such cases.
“The trend this year is no different from last year. The number of cases is almost the same,” said Dr Mangala Gomare, chief of epidemiology cell, BMC.
Last month, the state health department had called for a meeting of district officers to discuss ways in which the spread of the disease can be controlled.
Jagtap said only 10% of the samples tested positive for dengue. “The number is almost the same, so there is no need to panic,” said Jagtap.
According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Maharashtra has the maximum number of dengue cases in the country after Kerala.