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Malaria, Lepto, swine flu claim 1 each

Malaria, swine flu and leptospirosis claimed one life each over the past two days.

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2010 01:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Malaria, swine flu and leptospirosis claimed one life each over the past two days.

A 50-year-old man died of malaria at Siddharth Hospital, Goregaon, on Monday. Fourteen people have died of malaria in August and 222 new patients suffering from the disease were admitted to public hospitals on Tuesday.

Swine flu's latest victim was a four-month-old girl who was admitted to a hospital in Byculla. Her death on Tuesday, took the city's swine flu toll to three in August. Eight more people tested positive for swine flu on Tuesday, taking the total number of H1N1 cases this month to 99.

Leptospirosis claimed a 20-year-old man at Nair Hospital. This is the fourth leptospirosis death this month and 19 people have been admitted for the disease in public hospitals.

"Leptospirosis is easy to treat. But most patients come to hospitals when the disease has advanced, which makes it difficult for us to treat them," said Dr G.T. Ambe, executive health officer of the BMC.

Private doctors said that there could be a rise in the number of dengue cases. "I have treated four to five dengue cases this week and the number could rise. The city has also had intermittent rains recently, which is perfect environment for the dengue-transmitting Aedes mosquito to breed," said Dr Khusrav Bajan, in-charge of emergency medical services at P D Hinduja Hospital.

Among other rain-related illnesses, public hospitals reported 505 cases of fever, 56 cases of gastroenteritis, one case of leptospirosis and seven cases of dengue on Tuesday.

First Published: Aug 11, 2010 01:31 IST