13 dengue deaths in Maha last month, 9 in MMR alone

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Of the 13 dengue-re­lated deaths in the state last month, nine were from the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion (MMR), the state’s lat­est health re­port said. Of these, five deaths were recorded in Kalyan-Dom­bivli — high­est among all civic re­gions in the state. Dr Smita Rode, chief health of­fi­cer, Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC), how­ever, said the deaths have not been con­firmed. Two deaths each wer­ere­porte­d­inMira-Bhayan­dar. and Mum­bai.

Dr Kan­chan Jag­tap, joint di­rec­tor of health ser­vices of the state, said a ma­jor­ity of cases have been

re­ported in ur­ban ar­eas that are filled with con­struc­tion sites , cre­at­ing an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for mos­quito breed­ing. “There is no change in the vi­ro­log­i­cal pat­tern of dengue in the state. Civic is­sues are at the helm of it,” she said.

Doc­tors in Mum­bai said the num­bers of dengue deaths are lesser this year com­pared to last year, de­spite a surge in cases this year. Dr Anita Mathew, in­fec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist, LTMG Sion Hos­pi­tal, cited timely di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment as rea­sons for the drop. “This year, a lot of the dengue deaths have been a re­sult of co-mor­bidi­ties such hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes,” she said.

The city’s ex­ec­u­tive health of­fi­cer told HT that the num­ber of dengue cases is ex­pected to go down­be­causethe­mosquito­breed­ing sites have re­duced af­ter the mon­soon sea­son. How­ever, she cau­tioned that peo­ple in res­i­den­tial ar­eas must to care­ful about not al­low­ing stag­nant wa­ter to col­lect in­doors.

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