City continues to face dengue threat

Nov 26 2013, 01:00 IST
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SummaryVariations in weather conditions blamed for sudden rise in number of patients; 741 cases recorded since Jan

Pune has recorded as many as 741 cases of dengue till now this year. September and October have seen the highest number of cases — 126 and 133, respectively. While the winter chill brought down the number of cases last week, the change in climate, with the days getting warmer, has again given a rise to the number of patients reporting to hospitals. As many as 10 new cases were reported on Sunday.

Dr S T Pardeshi, acting medical chief of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), attributed this rise to the variations in weather. “On several days, the morning chill is soon offset by warm weather during the day,” he said. According to the IMD, the trend of rising temperature is likely to continue for the next 24 hours. The minimum temperature is likely to be go up to 15 degrees Celsius.

“We are picking up new cases daily as the health department has been collating data from private hospitals. Earlier, we would get cases only from state-run Sassoon General Hospital or PMC-run hospitals,” said Pardeshi.

According to Dr Rajesh Gadia, consulting physician at KEM Hospital, it is a known fact that cases of dengue infection rise post monsoon. The sudden rain a few weeks ago also led to accumulation of stagnant water with the existing garbage, he said. Pardeshi said their ongoing survey had detected a large number of breeding spots at households.

Doctors, however, said the cases had been mild with only a few of the patients being hospitalised. As against the large number of dengue cases, there have been 141 cases of malaria and 38 cases of chikungunya since January.

No fresh swine flu case

No fresh case of swine flu has been detected in November. According to Pune Municipal Corporation’s health bulletin, the city has seen 275 cases of H1N1 virus (swine flu) this year. Since January, there have been 46 deaths.

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