Monsoon Lull Brings Dengue, Malaria To Pune City

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department has recorded 26 cases of malaria and 14 of dengue barely a month after the monsoon set in. Both are caused by mosquitoes which breed in water which people have stored anticipating water cuts.
Dengue, predominantly an urban phenomenon, saw a staggering 177 per cent rise last year in the state when 2,309 cases were recorded in 2009-10 as against 831 in 2008-09. Most were from Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar.
Meanwhile, the civic body has decided to carry out fogging and spraying of insecticides in all the wards at least twice a week. Apart from spraying pesticides in water bodies near residential areas, fogging machines will be put to use in housing colonies. It will contain the spread of mosquitoes , Devnikar said.
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