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6 died of monsoon-related ailments in 2 weeks in Mumbai

The first dengue death was that of a 20-year-old man from Goregoan who developed medical complications owing to a drop in his blood platelets.

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2018 01:09 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Monsoon diseases killed six people in the last two weeks of August, according to data released by the BMC.(HT File)

Monsoon diseases killed six people in the last two weeks of August, according to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s health department. While three people died of dengue, leptospirosis killed two, and malaria claimed one life.

The first dengue death was that of a 20-year-old man from Goregoan who developed medical complications owing to a drop in his blood platelets. He died on August 18.

A 35-year-old man from Bandra and a 52-year-old woman from Parel also died of the disease in July.

Malaria killed a three-year-old girl from Shivaji Nagar on August 6. A total of 389 cases of malaria and 74 cases of dengue were reported in August. An official from BMC’s public health department said there has been an increase in mosquito breeding sites in the city owing to sporadic rains. The insects breed in pools of stagnant water.

A seven-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man from Shivaji Nagar died of leptospirosis — a condition caused by bacteria found in the urine or excreta of infected animals such as rats, cattle and dogs.

The infection spreads mainly during monsoon when people wading through dirty flood water can get infected if bacteria in the water enters the body through cuts or abrasions.

At least seven people died of leptospirosis in 2017 in Mumbai, after which BMC, for the first time, released an official advisory for citizens, advising them to take preventive medicine.

Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’s health officer said people should avoid self-medication in cases where fever lasts more than four days.

“Better awareness in residents is important to ensure there is no delay in diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr Keskar.

Following the deaths, the public health department screened households in areas where the patients lived and referred all cases of fever to the nearest hospitals.

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 01:09 IST