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233 Dead in Mumbai and Thane due to Water Borne Diseases

Mumbai, August 15, 2005. The death toll seems to be on constant rise, though the floodwaters seem to be receding in Mumbai and Thane. There were 91 more deaths in the Mumbai and Thane district and now the death toll stands at 233// from leptospirosis and other water-borne diseases according to the Maharashtra Directorate of Health services sources on Monday.

In the last 24 hours 958 persons were admitted to various hospitals in Mumbai with complaints of fever, while the cumulative figure since July 27 was 6311, said a health official Umesh Aijal. Many have been discharged after treatment he added.

There have been 36 confirmed cases of leptospirosis as per the officials from Delhi and Port Blair.

"Almost 60 per cent of the cases had shown to be confirmed cases of leptospirosis," director, National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health at Parel, Dr Chander Puri told PTI in Mumbai on Monday.

An ICMR's centre at Parel has now set up a round-the-clock facility for scientists to diagnose and confirm the cases with their sophisticated kits. Scientists have arrived from Delhi and Port Blair to work at the centres to carry out confirmation tests for leptospirosis cases in Mumbai and Thane districts.

"We now have kits that can handle 5000 samples and therefore, we request people and hospitals, who want to get their patients condition confirmed for proper treatment, to avail of the facility which is done free of cost," said an official..

UNICEF personnel would be also be soon joining the BMC and conduct a door-to-door campaign for checking, testing and if necessary, admitting patients to nearby hospitals for further treatment with water borne diseases. .

Commenting on whether the number of cases of malaria were on the rise, BMC Chief Health Executive J V Telang said, "cases of malaria are always on the higher side during the four months of monsoon and this time has been no exception. However, precautionary measures are being taken to reduce the cases.".


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