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.

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…