H1N1 cases are rising in the city with 16 people diagnosed with the infection in October. While cases of dengue are dipping after the monsoon, two persons, including a seven-year-old boy, died of the infection in October, taking the toll from the disease in the city to 14 this year.
In addition, 249 new cases of dengue were diagnosed and 3,875 suspected cases recorded in October. A seven-year-old boy in Dharavi died of dengue on October 1. A 24-year-old man from Kandivali died of dengue after returning to the city from Uttar Pradesh. He was admitted to a hospital on October 10 and he died the next day.
The civic authorities inspected over 1,200 households around the residences of both victims to screen other cases. In addition, over 700 houses were inspected for mosquito-breeding.
Meanwhile, H1N1 cases are rising. Of the 17 cases recorded this year, 16 were diagnosed in October itself. Across Maharashtra, 107 deaths have been recorded in October and 133 in September due to H1N1 infection with maximum cases reported in Pune and Nashik. With cough, cold and fever common symptoms of H1N1, doctors are advising immediate medical attention if symptoms persist.
In Mumbai, the civic health department also recorded 461 malaria, 16 leptospirosis, 507 gastroenteritis and 76 cholera cases in October. ENS