A latest report by Pune Municipal Corporation has revealed that several housing societies in Bibvewadi, Kasba Peth, Bhavani Peth and Warje areas are grappling with chikungunya fever, a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Nearly 225 cases of chikungunya and more than 800 cases of dengue have been recorded by the civic body’s health department from different parts of the city so far this year. An analysis of the 213 chikungunya cases reported between January 1 and August 3, shows that Bibvewadi has the highest number of 40 cases followed by Dhole Patil Road (30), Bhavani Peth (30), Kasba Peth (29) and Warje (22).
“There has been a marked increase in cases of chikungunya this year. Last year, there were 66 cases. The number has already risen to 225 so far this year,” said Anjali Sabne, acting head of the PMC’s health department.
Explaining the reasons behind the rise, Sabne said, “The initial showers resulted in water accumulation in several areas, creating conducive breeding grounds for Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito that causes dengue and chikungunya.”