Door-to-door surveys of over 75 lakh homes in the past eight months have conclusively proved that the city’s upper-crust is to blame for the current surge in dengue cases.
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.
Dengue cases are on the rise across the country, with Kerala and West Bengal recording over 5,000 cases and nine and 22 deaths, respectively. Mumbai has been relatively better with the city recording 1,500 suspected dengue cases in the first 11 days of September; only two dengue deaths have occurred this year so far.
BMC executive health officer Dr Padmaja Keskar said this is the season when we typically see a surge in dengue cases. “The emerging hotspots seem to be Byculla, Santa Cruz, Malad and Bhandup,” she said, adding that Mumbai seemed under control when compared with the rest of the country.