HT Image
HT Image

4 times more dengue cases this November than last year: Data

By Rupsa Chakraborty, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2019 11:36 PM IST

The city recorded almost four times more dengue cases — 275% — this November, compared to the same period last year, revealed data from the public health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Doctors attributed the spurt in cases to unprecedented rain in Mumbai last month, following cyclonic activity in the Arabian Sea.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection, which could lead to a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

This November, 180 cases of dengue were reported as against 48 cases during the same period last year, according to data. The data also showed a rise in incidents of suspected dengue, from 1,000 in November 2018 to 1,993 last month.

Mumbai recorded the most number of dengue cases during the monsoon months of June to September. Rise in cases in November is an unknown phenomenon, city doctors said. November 2019 recorded the all-time high rainfall for the month with 109.3mm, breaking the previous all-time high of 101.3mm in November 1979.

According to medical experts, the unforeseen rain in November provided favourable conditions for mosquitoes. Dr Rahul Tambe, senior consultant, internal medicine, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, said, “Unseasonal rain starts a ripple effect, which results in the spread of diseases such as dengue and leptospirosis. Both diseases are completely preventable and we have to maintain a sanitised environment to avoid dengue mosquito breeding. It’s best to visit doctors immediately if you have a cut or scratches on your feet and wade through waterlogged areas.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades with about half of the world’s population at risk. There are an estimated 390 million infections each year worldwide.

This year, so far, Mumbai recorded 13,031 suspected dengue cases, of which 882 were confirmed. However, dengue-related deaths have decreased from 14 in 2018 to three this year (till November).

Meanwhile, leptospirosis cases have increased to 32 last month, from 11 in November 2018. Leptospirosis is an infection present in rodents.

Human exposure to water contaminated by urine from the infected animals results in the bacterial infection.

Dr Om Srivastava, infectious diseases expert, advised people to take doxycycline if they walked through or were stranded in a waterlogged area.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
State education minister Varsha Gaikwad tweeted about the initiative on Tuesday. (HT FILE)
State education minister Varsha Gaikwad tweeted about the initiative on Tuesday. (HT FILE)

Maharashtra to start drive to identify drop-out students from March 1

By Ankita Bhatkhande, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:07 AM IST
The department recently released a government resolution (GR), laying down the constitution of state and district-level committees to oversee the drive that will take place from March 1 to 10.
Close
Recently a number of government employees at Mantralaya tested positive for Covid-19. (HT FILE)
Recently a number of government employees at Mantralaya tested positive for Covid-19. (HT FILE)

Stagger work hours at Mantralaya, says Maharashtra chief secretary

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:04 AM IST
Allowing staffers to work on alternate days, in three-day shifts or weekly shifts are under consideration.
Close
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)

Three men kill transgender in Mumbai

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:00 AM IST
A 38-year-old transgender was killed in Malad by unidentified men on Wednesday evening. The accused fled the spot.
Close
A healthcare worker in a PPE kit collects swab sample of a person at a hospital. (HT FILE)
A healthcare worker in a PPE kit collects swab sample of a person at a hospital. (HT FILE)

At 1,167, Mumbai sees second highest Covid-19 cases in a day

By Eeshanpriya MS, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:58 AM IST
The city on Wednesday recorded 1,167 new cases of Covid-19, crossing the 1,000 cases mark for the first time since November 28, 2020 when Mumbai had reported 1,063 cases in a single day
Close
The bench of justice TV Nalawade and justice MG Sewlikar held that the deceased, Begya Pawar, died due to injuries sustained by him while in custody of Risod police.
The bench of justice TV Nalawade and justice MG Sewlikar held that the deceased, Begya Pawar, died due to injuries sustained by him while in custody of Risod police.

A decade on, Bombay HC grants 6.32 lakh compensation to family of custodial torture victim

By Kanchan Chaudhari, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:24 AM IST
A decade after an 18-year-old from Hingoli district died due to police brutality, Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court (HC) on Tuesday directed the state government to pay a compensation of 6
Close
The incumbent chief secretary Sanjay Kumar will retire on February 28. (HT PHOTO)
The incumbent chief secretary Sanjay Kumar will retire on February 28. (HT PHOTO)

Sitaram Kunte, Praveen Pardeshi top contenders for the post of Maharashtra chief secretary

By Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:20 AM IST
Additional chief secretary (home) Sitaram Kunte and Praveen Pardeshi are believed to be the top contender for the post of chief secretary (CS) of the state government, after the retirement of the incumbent Sanjay Kumar on February 28
Close
According to NCP leaders, Sharad Pawar was more upset with the crowding and show of strength at the Poharadevi temple in Washim during Sanjay Rathod’s visit. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
According to NCP leaders, Sharad Pawar was more upset with the crowding and show of strength at the Poharadevi temple in Washim during Sanjay Rathod’s visit. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

CM Uddhav Thackeray under pressure to act against Maharashtra minister

By Swapnil Rawal and Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:08 AM IST
Raut says CM mulling action against Sanjay Rathod, who is in controversy over death of woman, over flouting of Covid norms during his show of strength
Close
Kanhoji Angre Island Lighthouse. (Hindustan Times)
Kanhoji Angre Island Lighthouse. (Hindustan Times)

Marina, water taxis and more: Mumbai Port Trust signs MoUs worth 7,510 crore

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:02 AM IST
Ahead of the ‘Maritime India Summit’ 2021, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has signed 13 different Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) /agreements worth 7,510 crore to boost water transport and tourism in the city
Close
The four arrested have been identified as Amarjit Rajbhar, Wahid Mohammad Ayub Khan, Vivekanand Shinde and Saif Shaikh.
The four arrested have been identified as Amarjit Rajbhar, Wahid Mohammad Ayub Khan, Vivekanand Shinde and Saif Shaikh.

Mumbai Police arrest 4 in card cloning racket

By Manish K Pathak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:02 AM IST
The Mumbai crime branch on Tuesday arrested four more accused, including two store managers, in connection with the card cloning racket busted by unit 9 last week
Close
 (Bachchan Kumar/ HT)
(Bachchan Kumar/ HT)

With 8,807 new Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra sees sharpest 1-day spike in 129 days

By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:02 AM IST
Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 8,807 fresh Covid-19 infections, its sharpest one-day spike in 129 days (since October 18 when it saw 9,060 cases). Mumbai, too, saw a jump in cases as it reported 1,167 infections in the past 24 hours. Mumbai last saw over 1,000 cases in a day on November 28 (87 days).
Close
 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Mumbai: Ex-income tax officer gets 3-year jail term for disproportionate assets

By Charul Shah, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:59 PM IST
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday convicted a 67-year-old retired income tax inspector for possession of a disproportionate asset worth 59
Close
Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

First session of JEE Mains exam moderately difficult: Students

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:45 PM IST
The first of the four cycles of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains was conducted across the country, on Wednesday
Close
Bombay high court.
Bombay high court.

Bombay HC raps ACB Thane police for delay in FIR against contractor

By KAY Dodhiya, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:42 PM IST
The Bombay high court (HC) on Wednesday pulled up the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) unit of Thane Police for not registering a first information report (FIR) based on a complaint lodged against a contractor who had allegedly cheated the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to the tune of 4
Close
Kirit Somaiya. (Hindustan Times)
Kirit Somaiya. (Hindustan Times)

BJP leader files PIL in Bombay HC against Mumbai mayor

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:41 PM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya has filed public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high court (HC) against Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar for acquiring and making personal use of tenements in the Worli Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project by misusing her position as a councillor and mayor
Close
Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Mumbai: IIT-B students who discovered closest asteroid to Earth recognised by ASI

By Priyanka Sahoo, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:38 PM IST
Three students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), who had last year discovered the closest asteroid to have crossed the Earth without touching it, have been recognised by the Astronomical Society of India (ASI)
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP