Measles, diarrhoea see stark rise this monsoon season

Aug 29, 2013, 04:34 IST | Richa Pinto

The number of cases of communicable diseases in Navi Mumbai has risen drastically this year. Compared to 2012 there has been an approximately two-fold rise in cases of measles and diarrhoea. The number of cases of gastroenteritis has also seen a significant rise this year.

In 2012, there were 22 cases of diarrhoea, recorded in the month of August. In the same time this year the satellite city has seen 41 cases of the ailment. On the other hand, there were 113 cases of measles recorded this year as compared to 65 cases last year.

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation's (NMMC) health department said that they had issued around 1 lakh pamphlets apprising people of precautions to avoid various water-borne diseases this season. 

“The monsoons always see a rise in communicable diseases. We had issued pamphlets besides we have been appealing to people to clean society water tanks regularly before the rainy season. We have also warned them about eating food from vendors outside,” said a senior health official from the NMMC health department.

>> Before eating anything do remember to wash your hands clean with soap and water
>> Avoid eating food at outside vendors
>> Drink water, which is either boiled or filtered
>> All fruits and vegetables should be washed and eaten
>> Avoid eating stale food 

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