The BMC health department has registered 17 cases of dengue in the third week of July so far,taking the number this year to 42. In the last week of June,it had recorded only seven cases.
In the third week of July so far,617 cases of gastroenteritis have been registered. The count this year is now 2,007 cases.
Malaria (246),leptospirosis (6),typhoid (37),cholera (9) and 35 Hepatitis cases were also registered this week.
The city also recorded its first swine flu case,a 30-year-old woman in Byculla (E Ward),this month,which is a huge improvement over last year when 151 cases were recorded. Last month,two cases of H1N1 were recorded.
With dengue cases on rise,BMC has intensified awareness drive in housing societies.
Mangala Gomare,executive health officer,said the dengue-proof-your-house campaign started on July 17 had covered 800 societies. Volunteers have made presentations in several societies in P-South Ward (Goregaon), she said.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar had earlier said the campaign would focus on highrises.
Hundred volunteers will spread awareness about breeding sites of aedes mosquito.
Gomare said people would be asked to ensure pots for indoor plants do not have stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed. They would be advised to avoid leaving utensils unwashed in kitchen sinks for long and to not let waste accumulate outside their doors.