MUMBAI: In attempts to keep a check on dengue spread, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to take preventive measures in the wake of 18 deaths reported in Maharashtra this year.
As per the health department, 762 persons tested positive from January to September. As many as 139 localities especially in urban and semi-urban areas were affected. There were 7,608 suspected cases and 6,195 serum samples were examined.
Mumbai emerged as the most-affected city in Maharashtra. The city accounts for total 504 patients tested positive and three deaths were reported. In Kolhapur district, there were 35 positive cases out of which two deaths were reported. Raigad district saw 26 positive cases and one death.
16 positive cases and two deaths were reported in Nashik district. Pimpri Chinchwad reported 22 positive cases and one death. Kalyan saw four positive cases and two deaths. Mira Bhayander reported two cases and both were fatal.
In Washim, Amravati and Buldhana districts, one death each was reported. In Malegaon, there was one death.
Last year, 280 localities were affected and there were 9,180 suspected cases. Around 5,931 serum samples were tested out of which 1,138 were tested positive. Last year 25 deaths were reported.