On the rise: 5 die of lepto, dengue in 2 weeks of Sept

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: At least five peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, have died of dengue and lep­tospiro­sis in the first two weeks of this month. The civic body said nearly 1,700 peo­ple were ad­mit­ted to var­i­ous public hos­pi­tals for dengue-like ill­ness.

The BMC re­port stated that a nine-year-old boy from Juhu and aone-and-half-old girl from Dhar­avi suc­cumbed to dengue on Septem­ber 10. The in­ci­dence of the vi­ral dis­ease has seen a spurt af­ter the del­uge of Au­gust 29. The BMC in­spected 1,653 houses and sur­veyed the ar­eas where the deaths were re­ported from.

The third ca­su­alty of dengue was a 34-year-old Ban­dra res­i­dent who, the civic body said, had trav­elled to Hong Kong five days be­fore the onset of symp­toms. “The pa­tient was obese and had ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea since one month,” a BMC of­fi­cial said. While hun­dreds were treated for dengue-like ill­nesses, only 164 were con­firmed cases of dengue as per the civic re­port. Malaria cases too have been con­tribut­ing to lot of out­pa­tient load and hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions. In the first two weeks, there were 418 con­firmed cases of malaria.

Lep­tospiro­sis claimed the lives of a19-year-old Ghatkopar res­i­dent and a 24-year-old And­heri res­i­dent. Both had his­tory of wad­ing through wa­ter. The And­heri res­i­dent was found to have open wounds on his legs. While sur­vey­ing ar­eas where the deaths took place, the BMC found seven cases of fever and four of di­ar­rhoea. In the last fort­night, the BMC has de­tected 34 con­firmed cases of lep­tospiro­sis. A con­firmed case of cholera was re­ported from F-North ward.

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