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Mosquito density high, alerts issued in high-risk areas

There has been a rise in the number of suspected dengue cases, with the PMC reporting over 2,200 cases this year.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
September 19, 2014 10:03:59 am

With semi-urban areas in the city found to be at high risk for a dengue outbreak-like situation, alerts have been issued by state entomologists who have intensified area-based surveillance.

“We have identified semi-urban Katraj, Ambegaon, Hadapsar, Manjari, Warje as high-risk areas,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer. Pune district has registered the highest number of dengue deaths in the state this year. There have been six deaths in Pune and two in Pimpri Chinchwad.

While as many as 2,392 confirmed cases of dengue have been detected this year, there have been a total of 24 deaths across the state. While 110 cases have been reported from Pune, a total of 159 cases have been registered in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

At the same time, there has been a rise in the number of suspected dengue cases, with the PMC reporting over 2,200 cases this year.

In the last seven days, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has slapped as many as 750 notices against construction site and societies, especially in areas like Dhankawadi, Ghole Road, Hadapsar and Warje after mosquito breeding sites were detected. “So far, a total of 2,100 notices have been issued and Rs 35,000 collected as fine,” said Assistant Medical Officer Dr Sanjeev Wavare.

“The mosquito density has increased,” said Dr H H Chavan, Deputy Director, Pune Circle, adding that a meeting had been held with medical officers of all corporations in the state to intensify ward-wise surveys, take up fogging and call for people’s participation.

Several surveillance workers however pointed out that most residents did not allow them to enter their houses to conduct the survey. “We are always looked at with suspicion and not allowed to enter,” said a PMC surveillance worker.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito that causes dengue bites during the day and breeds in stagnant water. “With intermittent rains, water tends to collect in cans, coconut shells and at homes; also, a lot of people do not change water from the tray that holds potted plants,” said Chavan.
Dr Rajesh Gadia, head of the dengue project at KEM hospital, said nearly 30 patients with dengue were being detected every day.

A high number of people with dengue-like symptoms are reporting from the Peth areas. “It is important that persons with high grade fever on Day 1 or Day 2 immediately get an NS1 antigen test and start treatment. The platelet level falls after first five days of fever. However, it is alarming only when it falls way below 20,000. When patients have intense abdominal pain and vomiting, they should be admitted to hospital,” said Gadia, adding that a majority of patients could be managed at home.

Dr Fayaz Pasha, senior consultant and head of the department at the accident and emergency section of Jehangir hospital, said as many as 22 cases of dengue were reported on Thursday.

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