According to data compiled by the state’s health department, areas falling within Greater Mumbai registered 504 cases of dengue — the highest in the state — till September this year. In 2011, Mumbai saw 421 dengue cases, 161 of which were reported till September. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the Pune Municipal Corporation reported 22 and 12 cases, respectively. Areas under the jurisdiction of Thane and Kalyan Corporations registered five and four cases, respectively.
The state, as a whole, saw a 47% rise in dengue cases till September as compared to the same period last year. A total of 762 cases were registered till September this year, while 518 were reported in the same period last year. The number of deaths due to dengue till September this year, though, is the same as last year’s — 18.
Experts have blamed this rise in dengue cases to the fluctuating weather, the extended monsoon resulting in intermittent rain and stagnant pools of water.
A senior official from the BMC’s health department, said “Sporadic rains have resulted in an increase in the number of cases in Mumbai. State health minister Suresh Shetty has directed the health and BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation) officials to carry out several measures [to control the spread of dengue]. These include preventing stagnation of water, invoking the BMC’s bye-laws to ensure forced draining of such water and to take stock of areas such as mill lands and the Mumbai Port Trust, which could be mosquito breeding sites.”