Dengue cases up by 41 per cent in Maharashtra

The public health department said a special screening drive of 3.5 lakh people resulted in more detections

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Maharashtra is now grappling with the rise in dengue cases as in the last one year, cases have increased by 41 per cent. The state also accounted for over a third of the country’s dengue deaths last year.

In 2017, confirmed cases rose to 11,011 from 7,829 and the spurt was significant given that the year-on-year rise between 2016 and 2017 was 16 per cent. The public health department said a special screening drive of 3.5 lakh people resulted in more detections. Officials also said 63 per cent cases were recorded in urban areas where massive construction has been underway. Along with this, Mumbai too has contributed to around 10 per cent confirmed dengue cases, said officials. 

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Mumbai has also registered a big jump in hospitalizations, due to dengue-like illnesses last year, though casualties marginally fell from 2017 when 17 lives were lost. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation statistics, over 14,000 were hospitalized in 2018 due to suspected dengue against 12,913 in 2017.

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