After unseasonal rainfall, Pune witnesses spike in cases of dengue and chikungunya

In the last three months, there is a steep rise in dengue and chikungunya cases in Pune. While 2019 has seen 1,051 cases of dengue, October itself has seen the highest number of cases — 421. In the last three months, the city has witnessed a rise of more than 70 per cent in dengue cases

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Officials say that the trend of rising dengue cases may continue in the next month as well. As the monsoon is not over yet, officials emphasise that people should take all the preventive measures. Officials noticed that in 90 per cent of the dengue cases, the dengue mosquito was found in the patient’s house itself.

Dr Sanjiv Wavare, an Assistant Medical Officer of Health (AMOH), said, “The same trend will continue for few more days, as monsoon is not over yet. We have observed that in 90 per cent of the cases dengue mosquito’s breeding site was the patient’s house. So, people should take all preventive measures. Even 5ml of stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We are making all aware of it. However still, many do not follow the directives. We have collected a fine amounting to Rs 2.5 lakh, where we have seen people violating the directives.”

“With monsoon, there has been a rise in dengue and chikungunya cases. Early treatment and diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and deaths related to these diseases. However, preventive measures should be implemented by all citizens,” he added.

Till date, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has sent notices to as many as 2,147 housing societies, and construction sites, to clear mosquito-breeding sites. Around 20 housing societies are fined by the court, and the PMC has collected a fine amounting to around Rs 2.7 lakh.

Government officials said, despite repeated announcements about stagnant water being a mosquito breeding site, many do not take effort against such sites.

After sending notices to those housing societies and construction sites, who have not cleared stagnant water sites, the Civil Court has sent notices to them and recovered fine.

Month                 Dengue  Chikungunya


Jan.                       14                17


Feb.                       8                 13


Mar.                      8               12


Apr.                    10             11


May.                     7           2


Jun.                    32         14


Jul.                   73          17


Aug.                  157      44


Sep.                  321      164


Oct.                  421       245