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Large outbreak of dengue

|| Shailja Tiwale

The number of patients in the state doubled in twenty days
Mumbai: Although the incidence of corona infection has decreased in the state to some extent, the incidence of dengue is increasing rapidly. In the last 20 days alone, the number of dengue patients has more than doubled and the total number has crossed five and a half thousand. The death toll, however, is relatively low.

The incidence of dengue increases in August-September every year. The spread of dengue increases as the occasional rains create a fertile ground for mosquitoes to breed in stagnant water. Corona infections were high last year, while dengue cases were relatively low. But this year, dengue outbreaks appear to be on the rise, along with corona.

As on August 16, the number of dengue patients in the state was 2,554. In the next five days, on August 21, the number of patients rose to 4,997. As the month of September started, the dengue menace has intensified and on September 7, the number of dengue patients in the state has gone up to 5746.

During the last one year, 3356 dengue patients were found and 10 people died. At the beginning of September this year, the number of patients has reached the level of five and a half thousand. So far, 11 people have died of dengue in the state, six in Nagpur Municipal Corporation and rural areas, and one each in Wardha, Chandrapur, Thane, Bhandara and Nagar.

It is found to be more prevalent in municipal areas as compared to rural areas. It has been directed to appoint 50 volunteers in large corporations and 25 volunteers in rural and small municipalities for conducting household surveys. According to him, the survey has been started since September and the main task of these volunteers is to destroy the places of origin of mosquitoes in the vicinity of the house. As a result, work is now underway to prevent the outbreak, said state entomologist Dr. Mahendra Jagtap said.

Most affected districts

The highest incidence of dengue is in Nagpur, Wardha, Pune, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Nashik, Amravati and Solapur. The number of patients is also increasing in Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pimpri Chinchwad.

Chikungunya infection also increased

The number of chikungunya cases in the state has also increased from 938 to 1442 in the last 20 days. Last year, 782 cases of Chikungunya were detected during the year. Chikungunya is on the rise in Pune, Nashik city and rural, Satara, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Kolhapur.

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