‘Dengue mosquitoes are more active during the day,’ says Pune doctor
Although the monsoon has withdrawn, there has been no downfall in the cases of dengue in the city. Dr Piyush Chaudhari, consultant, Infectious Diseases, Jehangir Hospital, spoke to Jui Dharwadkar from Hindustan Times about the nature of the disease and the precautions that need to be taken.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has so far registered more than 4,000 cases of suspected dengue. What is the reason for this constant rise in dengue cases in the city?
Dengue mosquitoes breed in clean water which is lying stagnated for a few days. Even after the rains, the water sometimes remains accumulated at many places which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Many a times, not much effort is taken by people to address this issue of stagnated water. Due to this, the cases of dengue can rise.
What precautions should be taken by people to prevent being affected by dengue?
Emphasis must, firstly, be on addressing the issue of rise in mosquito breeding grounds in the vicinity. To get rid of these mosquito breeding grounds, spraying of insecticides can help, which the PMC does. It should be ensured that this spraying is done properly so that some areas across a building or a house is not neglected. Also fogging can be done inside the homes to kill adult infected mosquitoes.
With the monsoon retreating and winters coming, can we expect a drop in dengue cases in the coming few days?
We can expect a slight drop in dengue cases but it has been observed that since the past few years dengue is prevalent throughout the year. But if the temperatures in the city drops below 16 degrees or 17 degrees then breeding of Aedes mosquitoes, which cause dengue, can reduce.
People are seen taking necessary care against mosquitoes during the night. Is it enough?
People are seen using mosquito repellent creams or other mosquito repellent products only during the night which is not enough. It should be understood that the dengue mosquitoes are more active during the day time. Hence, more care must be taken during the day time .