A day after seven police officials attached to Jogeshwari police station tested positive for dengue, six more officials from Pydhonie police station have also tested positive for the viral disease, further giving rise to speculation about a possible outbreak in the city.
Reports of a possible dengue outbreak in the city have been making rounds ever since 4 KEM doctors were admitted to the same hospital due to suspected dengue in the first week of September.
On Wednesday, we reported about seven police personnel, including a senior inspector, three sub-inspectors and three constables, attached to Jogeshwari police station who were hospitalized after testing positive for the viral disease.
Now, three officers and three constables from Pydhonie police station have also fallen victim to dengue and hospitalized. They are:
1) Assistant Police Inspector Nimbalkar
2) Assistant Police Inspector Khan
3) Police Sub Inspector Kolekar
4) Police Naik Dalvi
5) Police Naik Mane
6) Police Constable Sawant
Like Jogeshwari, police sources suspect the presence of mosquito breeding sites near the Pydhonie station premises.
“We will inspect the station premises to find any breeding sites. If there are any, we will carry out fumigation activities. Other stations will also have to be checked for similar sites,” said an official from the BMC.
Meanwhile, authorities have asked officers to report any possible breeding sites to the BMC and use repellants in the interim.
The number of dengue cases have been on the rise in the city since the onset of monsoon. The rise can be attributed to the irregular bouts of rain coupled with stagnant water and humid weather, which are ideal conditions for the breeding of dengue causing ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquitos.
According to the civic body’s latest health report, dated August 21, there were 994 suspected cases of dengue across BMC-run hospitals in the month.Back to latest news