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.

Dengue: Spurt in dengue cases across Mumbai

Dengue: Spurt in dengue cases across Mumbai

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.

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…