Use of personal protective measures against mosquito-borne diseases is a must this monsoon

The monsoon season is a double-edged sword - while it provides the necessary relief from the scorching summer, at the same time it brings with it several vector-borne diseases and illness, which can sometimes turn life-threatening

Use of personal protective measures against mosquito-borne diseases is a must this monsoonResearch by medical experts indicates that children are especially prone to such diseases. A WHO study, conducted in 2017, reports that an estimated 219 million cases of malaria were detected in which children in the age group of under five years comprised 61% of malaria deaths globally. The mortality rate is indicative of the seriousness […]

Mosquitoes are eating plastic and spreading it to new food chains, reveals study

Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said on Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment

Mosquitoes are eating plastic and spreading it to new food chains, reveals studyMosquito larvae that grow up in water contaminated with plastic accumulate the litter in their bodies – and some of it remains there even after the larvae emerge as adult flies. The mosquitoes may exacerbate the problem of plastic contamination when they are eaten by animals living on land. Plastic pollution is ubiquitous in the […]

Biting back: Developing a dengue vaccine

We’ve been working on it for more than 70 years; here’s how we’re finally getting there, and what still needs to be done

Biting back: Developing a dengue vaccineFor many, a mosquito bite simply means a temporary annoyance. But for millions more, this tiny insect carries a very real threat of a serious disease. More than half of the world shares a home with the Aedes aegypti, a species of mosquito that harbors and spreads diseases like Zika, dengue fever and yellow fever. […]

Pune witnesses a decline in dengue cases, say doctors

Pune has registered 5,857 cases of suspected dengue during the course of this year. While October had seen 526 total dengue cases, over 423 patients have been tested positive with dengue in November, so far

Pune witnesses a decline in dengue cases, say doctorsAlthough the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department has increased surveillance against the rising number of dengue cases, yet a huge number of cases are is still reported in the PMC. However, this month has witnessed a decline in the number of dengue cases compared to the previous month; which marked the second highest number […]

Yellow Fever: Sassoon Hospital launches online registration service

Around 150 people approach Sassoon Hospital every week for yellow fever vaccination. On the day of vaccination, there is always a huge crowd gathered in the hospital> they need to stand in a long queue to get vaccinated. Also, many people had to be turned back without prior appointment system asking them to come back again the following week for vaccination

Yellow Fever: Sassoon Hospital launches online registration serviceSassoon Hospital in Pune will become the first hospital in Maharashtra to start online registration for yellow fever vaccine in Maharashtra. Yellow fever vaccine is given as a  prophylaxis to a person traveling to yellow fever endemic areas like Brazil, Uganda, Argentina, Ethiopia, Nigeria etc. This vaccine is given as a single shot which provides immunity […]

Chikungunya travels from Delhi to Mumbai

8 cases detected so far, doctors however say they are more concerned about dengue

Chikungunya travels from Delhi to MumbaiA day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed eight chikungunya cases in Mumbai, its health officials said all of them are stable and recuperating. The executive health officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar, told My Medical Mantra that there is no need to panic and that they are monitoring the situation. Like dengue, chikungunya too is spread […]

Eight chikungunya cases reported in Mumbai

Eight chikungunya cases reported in MumbaiEight confirmed chikungunya cases have been reported in Mumbai, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Thursday. The cases are from Dadar (west) and one from Govandi area. The executive health officer of BMC said there have been 20 probable cases of Chikungunya and all these cases have been reported in the public sector. Like dengue, chikungunya too is spread […]