A new dengue virus has been confirmed for the first time in the country. Scientists at Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV), who spotted it and had been tracking it, said the new virus of an Asian genotype…
Dengue deaths in Mumbai have doubled in the past five years, says a report by NGO Praja Foundation on the city’s health indicators.
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.
Two women in their 40s died of dengue in the first two weeks of September, taking the year’s toll to three.While an unidentified 45-year-old woman from Malvan district, who was in the city to visit her son in Vikhroli, became the first dengue casualty this monsoon last Thursday, a 42-year old woman from Yogi Nagar in Borivli died of dengue hemorrhagic fever at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri on Monday.
Mumbai has reported the highest number of dengue cases among all the districts in Maharashtra this year, according to the state health department.