Mumbai: 804 cases of malaria recorded in August

As the monsoon has progressed over the country, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has released another health report on the list of cases of people suffering from monsoon related diseases. It has to be noted that August has witnessed a rise in cases of vector borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. In total, 804 cases of malaria and 82 cases of dengue were recorded in civic-run hospitals

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As the monsoon has progressed in Mumbai, the cases of leptospirosis, dengue and malaria have been on the rise. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) report on monsoon related diseases:

Diseases August 2017 August 2018 (Till 15 August) August 2018 (Till 31 August)
Malaria 1,048 415 389
Gastro 600 376 269
Hepatitis 140 81 54
Swine Flu 122 0 0
Dengue 93  79 03
Leptospirosis 34 28  18

The city also witnessed 46 cases of leptospirosis this month; two deaths were confirmed due to the virus. Three deaths occurred due to dengue, while malaria claimed one life.

Advisory for prevention and control of dengue

Dengue fever is a self-limiting disease and represents the majority of cases of dengue infection. Dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome are more severe forms of dengue infection.

  • The mainstay of dengue prevention is mosquito control.
  • Seek immediate medical help if you have fever. Do not self-medicate.
  • Immediately inform your doctor if you have symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellow discolouration of skin or eyes, bleeding from nose or mouth, rash on the body etc.
  • Drink plenty of oral liquids and take enough rest.
  • Wear clothes that cover arms and legs to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Use mosquito nets/ insect repellent to keep away mosquitoes.
  • Keep the premises and surrounding areas clean; clear the odd articles such as tins, thermocol boxes, coconut shells, tyres, unused articles, etc.
  • The last few years data show that dengue cases start rising from September onwards as the climatic conditions are more suitable for breeding of aedes mosquitoes, hence citizens are advised to be alert and take preventive measures.