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Increasing cases of Malaria raises concerns in Mumbai

As per records, officials identified 249 cases of malaria, 127 cases of gastroenteritis and 23 cases of leptospirosis in November and the municipality will have to work hard towards making sure the spread is under control.

Increasing cases of Malaria raises concerns in Mumbai
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Coronavirus cases in the city of Mumbai are increasing and the state government has taken necessary steps to control the spread of viral infection. The number of newly diagnosed cases have increased after Diwali and the civic bodies have been asked to keep a check on the citizens. On the other hand, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also been facing the challenges with cases of malaria, gastroenteritis and leptospirosis, which have risen once again. 

As per records, officials identified 249 cases of malaria, 127 cases of gastroenteritis and 23 cases of leptospirosis in November and the municipality will have to work hard towards making sure the spread is under control.

Furthermore, COVID-19 outbreak over the last few months had kept the BMC on toes, and officials were constantly working towards controlling the spread in the monsoons. Despite this, the municipal corporation made efforts to destroy mosquito breeding localities by identifying places that caused the spread of malaria infection. 

The healthcare teams have been receiving complaints about asthma, cold and cough, which are also on the rise after the onset of the winter season, whereby the weather changes has affected the lifestyle. Doctors have warned people to not take it lightly as residents have complained about the similarity between the symptoms of cold-related illness and COVID-19 infection.

The state government and the doctors have appealed to the citizens to inform the officials if they feel symptoms like fever, chills, etc. People have been warned that if one experiences fever, they should not take the medication themselves and should consult a doctor to get all kinds of medical tests done. BMC's health department has informed that though the number of monsoon and weather-related illnesses is lower in comparison to last year, cases of malaria, gastroenteritis and leptospirosis need to be brought under control.

The teams from BMC's Pesticide Department are working to disinfect mosquito breeding areas thereby prevent further illnesses.

Last year, a total of 4,357 cases of malaria were identified but no deaths were reported. However, more than 4500 patients have tested for Malaria and one has died due to the infection. Meanwhile, 535 gastroenteritis patients were reported in 2019, and so far 127 have been reported in 2020. Further, three H1N1 patients were registered in 2019 but no patients have been registered this year.

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