Mumbai recorded over six-fold increase in dengue cases this year. The data released by the civic body shows that Mumbai saw 821 cases of dengue cases as of November 23, compared to 129 cases in all of 2020.
The rise in mosquito-borne disease is mainly due to less testing in the year 2020. Also, in 2019, 920 cases of dengue were recorded in the city of Mumbai.
As per the civic officials, there has been reduced mobility of people that has played a crucial role in the decline of dengue cases in 2020.
The disease of Dengue is spread by the female mosquito Aedes Aegypti. It breeds in clean water and is known to be a day-biter. Some of the common symptoms of dengue include fever, joint pain, severe body ache, rashes, vomiting and nasal bleeding.
It is to be noted that there is no direct treatment for the disease of dengue.
The infection is caused by one of the four closely related serotypes of the dengue virus (DENV) identified as DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, and DENV-4.
Most of the studies show that the DENV-2 accounts for the maximum number of dengue cases in Mumbai and Maharashtra.
In Mumbai these days, many dengue patients are being admitted to hospitals with low platelet count and other neurological complications.
Because when the platelet count goes below 10,000, it can become a major risk factor for bleeding in the brain.
Mumbai this year has also recorded 60 cases of chikungunya.
On the other hand, dengue cases in Delhi are on a downturn. This is due to the fall in temperatures as this season brings limited mosquito breeding as per doctors and health officials.
This year Delhi registered the most number of dengue cases since 2015. But the annual count is likely to increase further at the end of the infection. This is because a large number of pending cases will also be taken into account.