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Water-borne diseases up as dengue loses sting

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 7:43am IST | Agency: dna

After the dengue sting, water-borne diseases seem to be on the rise in Mumbai, with one person testing positive for cholera and 40 others for typhoid last week, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department report.

The BMC is, however, happy with the downward trend of dengue cases. With 54 dengue cases recorded a week ago, the civic body took steps to control the spread of the disease.

Head of epidemiology, BMC, Dr Mangala Gomare said, “We asked elected BMC representatives to get in touch with as many people as possible to spread awareness about dengue. Almost 50% of the mosquito-breeding sites were found in high-rises and it was essential for us to reach them. We registered only 37 dengue cases this week.”

About 149 gastroenteritis and 22 hepatitis cases were recorded by the BMC, said the last week’s report.

Consultant physician at Jaslok Hospital Dr Pratit Samdhani said, “We are witnessing many stomach ailment cases. Most patients also suffer from mild fever and loose motions.”

In September, the BMC recorded 625 gastroenteritis cases, 167 typhoid, 154 hepatitis and one cholera case.

Doctors are advising people to avoid street food and drink boiled water to protect themselves from such ailments.

Consultant physician at PD Hinduja Hospital Dr Monica Goel said, “Usually, when the season changes, viruses become more active. Humidity, coupled with rainfall, increase the risk of water accumulation. This can prove to be a deadly combination for water-borne diseases.”

Consultant physician at Lilavati Hospital Dr Anil Ballani said, “People should be careful while eating roadside food.”

3 down with dengue in Thane

Two residents and a sweeper of a building in Thane’s Vrindavan society have been diagnosed with dengue. One of the patients had to be hospitalised as well.

Residents have been taking necessary precautions after reports of the three cases spread in the society.

They believe an open nullah in the vicinity, which, they claim, hasn’t been maintained properly by the civic authorities, could be a reason for the sudden outbreak of the disease.

Thane civic body’s health officer RT Kendre said, “Those diagnosed with dengue travel to the western suburbs, so it can’t be said with certainty that they contracted the disease here.
Nonetheless, we have fumigated the premises.”

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