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Dengue claims 6th victim, cases on the rise in city

Apart from rising gastroenteritis cases, caused by contaminated water or spoilt food in small pockets of the city, dengue cases are steadily escalating.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: October 8, 2015 12:19:05 am
A 19-year-old Worli Naka teenager became the latest victim of dengue infection — succumbing to dengue shock syndrome at Nair hospital on October 5. (Illustration by C R Sasikumar) A 19-year-old Worli Naka teenager became the latest victim of dengue infection — succumbing to dengue shock syndrome at Nair hospital on October 5. (Illustration by C R Sasikumar)

The changing weather has taken a toll on Mumbaikars, with viral infection at its peak this year. As many as 1,724 fever cases were reported in the first week of October alone, along with 110 gastroenteritis cases in the city, data collected from the civic health department indicated.

Apart from rising gastroenteritis cases, caused by contaminated water or spoilt food in small pockets of the city, dengue cases are steadily escalating.

A 19-year-old Worli Naka teenager became the latest victim of dengue infection — succumbing to dengue shock syndrome at Nair hospital on October 5. This is the sixth dengue death reported in the city.

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According to doctors at Nair hospital, the teenager was admitted on September 28 morning with a history of chills, abdominal pain and fever.

His condition was critical as he was already suffering from tuberculosis (TB) and had left his treatment mid-way. “He was also a patient of Hematemesis,” a doctor said. Hematemesis is a condition in which a person vomits a lot of blood.

On October 5 at 8.15 pm, the boy succumbed to multiple disorders, including kidney injury and respiratory distress in a case of TB and dengue.

The city recorded 43 dengue cases in October first week, a rise from 37 cases recorded in September first week. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 639 suspected dengue patients were also treated in September at various public hospitals.

Experts said that starting September, the cases of dengue will escalate until November, which is the peak season for the virus to grow and spread.

“I am receiving a lot of symptomatic patients, most of which test positive for dengue,” said general physician Dr Behram Pardiwala, adding that the virus is spread across the city.

In a bid to control the rising dengue cases, the BMC has sensitised 345 private doctors about treatment protocol for the vector-borne ailment along with removing 14,785 articles that can possibly become conducive for mosquito Aedes Agypti’s (carrier of dengue virus) growth. Additionally, students are being sensitized to spread the precautions about dengue in their society. For this, 28 municipal schools have been already been reached out.

48-year-old Malad woman dies of swine flu

A 48-year-old woman, from Malad’s Mid-Chowki area, succumbed to H1N1 infection on October 3 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital despite undergoing a proper treatment to treat the virus.

While H1N1 cases have significantly declined across the city since its outbreak in January this year, 11 cases were reported in the first week of October.

tabassum.barnagarwala@expressindia.com

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