Maharashtra witnesses 230 dengue-related deaths over the last five years

Dengue is a viral infection, caused by the bite of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito infected with the virus. Once infected, humans become the source of the virus for uninfected mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the past 50 years

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The National Health Profile (NHP) 2019 released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that in the last five years Maharashtra recorded 39,141 cases of dengue. And it recorded 230 deaths related to dengue cases.

Dengue and Chikungunya, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, are a cause of great concern to public health in India.

Every year, thousands of individuals are affected and contribute to the burden of health care. Dengue outbreaks have continued since the 1950s but the severity of the disease has increased in the last two decades.

As per statistics provided by Maharashtra’s health department:

In 2014, Maharashtra had recorded 8,573 cases of dengue, from which 54 people have died to dengue. This number increased to 11,011 in 2018. 55 people died due to dengue in 2018.

In September 2018, 2,047 cases of dengue were recorded and in September 2019 – 2,755 cases were registered.

This year, in Mumbai during the duration from January 05 to November 05 – 9,899 dengue cases were recorded, 12 deaths were witnessed during this time period.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, informed, “Cases of dengue are rising in Maharashtra. In comparison to last year, the state witnessed a rise in 1,500 patients. But the mortality rate has reduced. This is due to awareness among people and prompt treatment.”

Dr Sandeep Sonawane, a general physician, stated, “The state witnessed rainfall in September. The current conditions are conducive for the breeding of dengue mosquitos. Do not let water accumulate outside your homes. Insecticide needs to be sprayed in localities which are prone to outbreak of dengue. Wear full sleeves clothing.”