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Dengue, malaria on the rise in Mumbai, don’t let water accumulate near your home

Dengue and malaria are spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito

mumbai Updated: Oct 17, 2017 20:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Dengue and malaria are spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito(FILE)

Heavy rain in the city from September has led to a spike in monsoon-related ailments.

The city recorded 536 cases of dengue, 124 cases from October 1 to 15 and 412 in September, while 1,129 of malaria (287 between October 1 and 15 and 842 in September), according to the civic body’s epidemiology cell. Also, twelve cases of leptospirosis were recorded in the first fortnight of October and 59 in September.

Dengue and malaria are spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Civic officials attributed the rise to accumulation of stagnant rainwater in parts of the city. “The accumulated water acts as breeding ground for mosquitoes. This may have led to the rise,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health officer, BMC.

Dr Minnie Khetrapal, head of the epidemiology department, said the figures on the deaths will be released after a meeting by the civic panel. “People must ensure there is no breeding site in or near their houses. Children, especially under two years, should be covered with appropriate clothing to ensure they are not bit by mosquitoes,” Dr Khetrapal said.

Leptospirosis is caused by leptospira bacteria present in urine of animals such as rats, dogs and cattle. When people wade through flooded streets, there is a chance of them coming in contact with such infected urine and fecal matter and contracting the disease through the abrasions on the skin.

Doctors have advised people to avoid self-medication. “If symptoms such as fever, cough and cold last more than four days, one must go to the doctor and avoid self- medication,” said Dr Om Srivastava, a city-based infection disease specialist.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 20:51 IST