In the state of Maharashtra, Pune district has seen a significant increase in cases of viral infections and vector-borne diseases due to unusual weather patterns and intermittent rainfall during this year’s monsoon season. Officials have reported that Pune district ranks among the top three districts in the state with the highest number of cases of conjunctivitis, influenza, and chikungunya.
According to data provided by the State Health Department, Pune district has reported the highest number of conjunctivitis cases in the state, with a total of 77,125 cases. Additionally, it ranks third in the number of influenza A cases, with 320 cases, and chikungunya cases, with 80 cases. The spike in these cases was reported in July of this year.
Buldhana and Nanded districts follow Pune district in terms of conjunctivitis cases, with 50,513 and 37,500 cases respectively. Mumbai has reported the highest number of influenza A cases, with 1,668 cases, followed by Thane with 553 cases. Pune ranks third with 320 cases. Mumbai also reported the highest number of chikungunya cases, with 159 cases, followed by Kolhapur with 125 cases and Pune with 80 cases.
To prevent and manage the outbreak of epidemic diseases, the Public Health Department has issued advisories at regular intervals. As a preventive measure, door-to-door screenings have been initiated in affected areas, and local bodies have been instructed to conduct containment, surveillance, and information education and communication (IEC) activities. Fortunately, the number of cases has started to decline in the affected areas.
Overall, the state of Maharashtra has recorded a total of 5,56,430 conjunctivitis cases, 10,978 malaria cases, 10,553 dengue cases, 2,755 influenza A cases, and 1,283 leptospirosis cases. Authorities are actively working to manage and control the spread of these diseases.
Source: Hindustan Times