Mumbai: This was the second consecutive year that dengue was the top killer among monsoon diseases in Mumbai, said reports on Thursday. According to The Times of India, dengue has claimed most lives this year, and it continues to circulate in the post-monsoon phase as well. Dengue is followed by leptospirosis that killed 12 in the city. At three, malaria’s death toll dropped to half as compared to 2017. (Also read: Dengue Cases Mount to Over 1,310)
Monsoon diseases caused 29 deaths this year, revealed the bi-weekly health report released by the BMC on Wednesday. Dengue-like illnesses were responsible for more than 10,000 hospitalisations since June, besides malaria, gastroenteritis and viral diseases. In the last fortnight of October, dengue has claimed two lives; that of a 7-year-old from Dharavi and a 24-year-old from Kandivli with a travel history to UP, in the last fortnight of October. Nearly 250 confirmed cases of dengue have also been reported.
A civic official said that the child was treated for fever and body ache. However, he had abdominal pain and fever again, following which he was admitted to a public hospital. He died of dengue haemorrhagic shock and multi-organ dysfunction three days after hospitalisation. The Kandivli resident, who was admitted to a public hospital in a serious condition, succumbed within 24 hours. A civic official said that he died of complications involving his lungs and kidneys. “The single most important thing to prevent deaths is to see a doctor without any delay,” said the official.
The H1N1 viral infection, previously called swine flu, wreaking havoc in several parts of the state also reappeared in the city. As many as 16 tested positive for the flu in October. The BMC said only one case was reported in September. H1N1 has claimed 268 lives and affected around 2,300 in the state since January. A majority of the cases and deaths have been reported from Pune, Nagpur, Satara, Ahmednagar besides others districts.
The state recently framed guidelines for treatment of H1N1, including that of paediatric patients, which it has shared with the Centre as well. A civic official said there was no clustering in any area.