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BMC official : Blame polls for rise in dengue cases.

shriram | 10th October 2014 | Science And Innovation
BMC official : Blame polls for rise in dengue cases.

    With the number of dengue cases almost doubling last month, BMC officials are blaming the upcoming Maharashtra elections for the rise. Almost 50% of the pesticide department staffs and health post staffs are on election duty which is having a direct affect on the fogging drive and awareness work.
Dr Mangala Gomare, head of the epidemiology, BMC said, "Areas like Bandra east and west, Goregaon, Prabhadevi, Dadar are seeing more dengue cases. We are monitoring the dengue cases being reported in the city on a daily basis."
What is the solution?According to Keskar, a request has been made to higher-ups for replacements or additions. "Most of the staffs are working over-time. We are some how managing the work. We hope there will be replacement soon," said Dr Keskar.
80% of breeding sites found indoorsDr Gomare said 80% of the mosquito breeding sites have been found indoors and therefore awareness among people on aedes mosquito breeding is very important.
"The Aedes mosquito (carrier of dengue virus) breeding spots are being found in mini-fountains, feng-shui plants and miniature artificial ponds. Unlike locating the breeding sites of the female Anopheles mosquito (which spreads malaria), it is difficult to find those of the Aedes mosquito as we have to visit homes for that," said Dr Gomare.


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