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:
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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
- 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.