Rats make your car a potential death trap, more prone to fires, says study

Rats make your car a potential death trap, more prone to fires, says study

A majority of vehicles catch fire in Mumbai owing to sparks from wires frayed by rodents, according to a study. The Mumbai fire brigade studied 860 vehicle fires in the past three years that led to nine deaths and left more than 14 people injured.

12-year-old Colaba boy may be city’s first hantavirus casualty

12-year-old Colaba boy may be city’s first hantavirus casualty

Hantavirus, which has never been officially recorded in Mumbai, claimed a 12-year-old boy from Colaba on Saturday. The virus has been recirculating in the country since a decade and doctors say solitary cases have occurred in Mumbai as well.

79% dengue breeding sites in highrises: BMC

79% dengue breeding sites in highrises: BMC

Around 79% of the breeding spots of the dengue-causing Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes found in this survey were in highrises and housing societies. The slums, where more than 50% of the city’s population resides, accounted for around 21% of the roughly 9,000 breeding spots found in 2016 so far.

3 leptospirosis-related deaths in Aug, spurt in mosquito borne diseases

3 leptospirosis-related deaths in Aug, spurt in mosquito borne diseases

A teenager from Kurla became the third person in August to die of complications arising out of leptospirosis, the BMC said on Friday. A bigger worry though is the sudden spurt in cases of mosquito-borne dengue and malaria across the city.

Kandivli woman first lepto death this year

Kandivli woman first lepto death this year

Mumbai: The city registered this year’s first rain-related fatality when a 35-year-old Kandivli resident succumbed to lung complications arising out of a leptospirosis infection on Friday. The woman, who lived in Jagdamba Chawl of Hanumant Nagar in Kandivli (East), was admitted to Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital on July 13 and had a history of wading through…

From GM bugs to DDT: It’s an all-out war on mosquitoes now

From GM bugs to DDT: It’s an all-out war on mosquitoes now

The mosquito that transmits Zika virus -and also dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -is Aedes aegypti.The genetically enginee red Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were developed by Oxitec, a British company , to fight dengue, but would also work to curtail the spread of Zika.

Race against time for Zika vaccine

Race against time for Zika vaccine

Reuters | Jan 31, 2016, 02.46 AM IST Companies and scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine as concern grows over the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is spreading quickly through the Americas. Zika is now present in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Brazil, the hardest-hit…

Rising use of glue traps worries animal activists

Rising use of glue traps worries animal activists

Activists working for animal and bird rescue in urban areas are a worried lot seeing the increasing use of glue trap boards for catching rats and other creatures, in spite of the sale of these boards being banned by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).

Ants on train blamed for local’s brake failure

Ants on train blamed for local’s brake failure

Mumbai Mirror | Nov 19, 2015, 04.07 AM IST By Kamal Mishra They are tiny, stay in a colony, are very diligent and now it emerges that are capable of bringing a train down and hundreds of passengers along with it. A handful of ants found in the brake box of a local train on…