In June alone, 54 suspected dengue cases were recorded in the Pune municipal limits, showed PMC health department data. “Between January and June this year, a total of 472 suspected and 21 confirmed dengue cases have been reported in the PMC limits,” a civic official said.
Dr Ameet Dravid, an infectious diseases expert from Noble Hospital, said intermittent showers followed by a break have played a significant role in creating a conducive environment for mosquito breeding.
“Stagnant water after the intermittent rain becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, especially at construction sites where workers are frequently exposed to these conditions. Areas like Warje, Pimpri Chinchwad, among others, are recording multiple cases linked to construction sites. Within a week, I have already seen 10-12 dengue patients,” he said.
Dr Devashish Desai, infectious disease consultant, Ruby Hall Clinic, said, the number of dengue cases has shown an unusual rise this June. “I am seeing two to three new dengue patients every day and these are just complicated cases referred to our hospital. I am sure that general physicians are seeing many more dengue patients. We are yet to see malaria cases in Pune.”
He said salmonella cases (diarrhea, fever and stomach pains) were showing an uptick in the PCMC limits. “This is again due to an abnormal pre-monsoon weather pattern. We are seeing many cases of salmonella infections at our Hinjewadi branch and most of the patients are from the IT background who eat outside food mostly.”
Dr Anand Kalaskar, general physician, Apollo Clinic, said, “There is a 10-15% rise in the number of patients down with seasonal maladies, besides dengue. Upper respiratory tract infections have increased in the past month because of seasonal changes. It has affected all age groups and the symptoms include cough, cold and mild fever. Many are suffering from viral infections.”
The weather change severely affects high-risk group people like the elderly, small children. “In the last 2-3 weeks, out of 25 paediatric OPD patients, 10-11 kids are complaining of headache, nausea, vomiting or muscle or joint pain. After blood tests, most of them test positive for dengue. Dengue can be life-threatening for kids because blood vessels become damaged,” Dr Jagdish Kathwate, consultant pediatrician and neonatologist, Motherhood Hospitals, said.