8th dengue death in city, 660 cases so far this year

A 20-year-old pregnant woman succumbed to dengue on Monday. This is the eighth dengue death in the city since the onset of monsoon. While six deaths were reported by BMC, one was reported by Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC).

Ruby Shaikh, a resident of Sakinaka, was nine months pregnant when she contracted malaria last month. "She complained of high fever. When we admitted her in a private nursing home, she tested positive for malaria as well as dengue," said her brother Meezan Shaikh.

According to Meezan, Ruby was transferred to JJ hospital after two days as her condition became critical.

In the next 22 days, she suffered kidney failure and partial paralysis. "Ruby lost her baby a little before she died," Meezan said.

Meezan alleged that BMC had not carried out fumigation in Sakinaka for a long time.

This year, 660 cases of dengue have been recorded by the civic health department. The BMC does not consider rapid test as the confirmatory test for dengue but several positive cases through rapid test were reported from various hospitals. According to civic health authorities, ELISA (enzyme linked immune sorbant assay) is the only confirmatory test they recognise.

A significant jump in dengue was observed after the monsoon started retreating. Last week alone, 45 dengue cases were reported. "This year, there has been an unusual rise in dengue cases. Right now, the weather is conducive for growth of dengue mosquito," said Dr Nandu Vijay, general physician from Bhatia

hospital.

In the second week of October, 2,179 cases of fever, 228 malaria cases, five leptospirosis, three H1N1, 136 gastroenteritis, 36 typhoid and 45 hepatitis cases were recorded across the city.

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