BMC reports six-fold jump in Dengue cases

BMC reports six-fold jump in Dengue cases

Every year during the monsoon, the state government and the respective civic bodies, take necessary measures to control the spread of dengue across the state. Necessary steps are followed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to identify mosquito breeding areas and avoid the spread of dengue in the locality.

However, data shared by the officials reveals that the cases related to dengue fever in Mumbai has increased significantly by over a six-fold jump in 2021. In 2020, the municipal corporation recorded fewer cases. A report regarding the same was published in the Free Press Journal which stated that in 2020, BMC identified 129 cases of dengue in Mumbai, however, the number has risen to 865 cases in 2021, until December 19.

On a brighter side, several patients have been treated successfully and less than 10 deaths have been reported.

Experts believe that drastic change in monsoon-related weather and other conditions could have led to the rise. While the figures saw a rise from September to November 2021, the number of cases reduced thereafter, but again rose in December 2021, due to unexpected rainfall. Officials reported 106 cases in November and 29 have been recorded until December 19, 2021, informs the report.

Doctors from Mumbai have informed that regular cases of dengue are being brought to the hospital for checkup and a few are being hospitalized as well. Though many showed gastric complications and no response to medicines, very few have reported platelet related issues.

Patients have also confusing dengue related fever to other ailments including COVID, and considering the same, doctors have stated that it is important to inform patients about the same and ask them to take precautions to avoid dengue.

For the unaware, dengue is spread via Aedes aegypti mosquito and the symptoms usually include fever, weakness, body ache, fatigue etc. Drop in platelet count could be reported in some cases. If any symptoms are noticed, it is wise to consult a doctor and not self-medicate.

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