Dengue claims 47-year-old Mumbai woman

Sep 04, 2013, 16:19 IST | Anuradha Varanasi

A 47-year-old woman from Goregaon becomes the third victim of dengue from the city this year.

The woman died in the ICU of privately-run Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after being admitted on Sunday.

The patient was brought to the hospital with high fever in a serious condition, said Jagdish Naik, a relative of the deceased patient.

“She was suffering from high fever for the last one week and was being treated by a local doctor. However, her condition wasn’t improving so she had to be admitted,” said Jagdish.

She died at around 2.30 am on Tuesday as her condition worsened, he added.

The deceased, Chayya Naik, who died of dengue

The deceased, Chayya Naik who is a resident of Mitha Nagar in Goregaon, worked at a pharmaceutical company. “There are many mosquitoes around their building but we are yet unaware of the source from where these mosquitoes are breeding,” said Jagdish.

When contacted, Dr Mangala Gomare, epidemiologist of the BMC said, “It is a suspected dengue death as she tested positive in the rapid testing method.” Since the onset of monsoon, over 140 cases and two confirmed dengue deaths have been reported so far.

In August, 87 cases have been reported as compared to 66 dengue cases in the month of July.

In 2012, the city witnesses 907 dengue cases as compared to only 416 dengue cases in 2011. Doctors say that there has been a surge in the number of dengue cases as compared to the last two years.

Commenting on the various media reports that claimed there has been a sudden spurt in the number of dengue cases in Goregaon’s Shashtri Nagar area, additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said, “After sending a team of BMC employees to the spot, we have found 12 breeding spots inside various flats in that area. However, there has not been any cases of dengue reported from Shastri Nagar in August.”  

Monsoon ailments in August  2013 August  2012
Fever  8100  7157
Malaria  1302  1721
Leptospirosis      16      51
Dengue      87    157
H1N1     10    103
Cholera     19      nil
Hepatitis    177    243

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