The total count of leptospirosis cases has risen to 57 with three new cases and that of H1N1 to 2,144 with two new cases, data from the civic health department indicated on Tuesday. While no death was reported by any government hospital, health experts claim fresh cases are continuing to pour in for both the ailments.
So far, H1N1 has caused 62 deaths since January this year with maximum cases reported during February and March. While leptospirosis has not caused high fatalities in the past four years, in July alone it accounted for 16 deaths across Mumbai, raising concerns over the contributing factors towards the fatality.
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The BMC is now in the process of sending samples to the Regional Medical Report Center (RMRC), Port Blair, to ascertain whether the unusual spurt in deaths of leptospirosis across the city is caused by a variant strain of the leptospira bacteria. Of the 16 deaths, over 10 have been from western suburbs indicating possibility of contamination in the water-logged areas. Dr Minnie Khetarpal, Deputy Executive Health Officer, said the samples of deceased patients will be sent sealed in a protected container to prevent spread of infection.
Meanwhile, one patient suffering from H1N1continues to remain critical at a private hospital, Khetarpal added. “We are getting notifications from all major hospitals about leptospirosis and H1N1 cases. However, maximum cases are from civic-run hospitals,” she said.
Dr Shahid Barmare, General Physician, said patients of leptospirosis are only visiting hospitals after their symptoms have aggravated. He is currently treating cases of hepatitis, dengue and malaria, claiming they are also rising steadily.