At a time when mosquito-related diseases are fast-spreading in the country, actress Vidya Balan has become the latest victim to contract dengue in Mumbai. The Parineeta actress had just returned to the city from the US after shooting for her upcoming film Kahaani 2.
A source close to the actress revealed that she was diagnosed with the disease on Thursday and has been advised bed rest for the next 10-15 days by her doctor.
According to a Hindustan Times report the actress has not been hospitalised yet. However her illness has put the shoot for Kahaani 2 on hold for at least a month.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials conducted a thorough inspection of her building to locate possible mosquito breeding grounds.
An inspection at Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor's house by the municipal body lead to the discovery of dengue breeding mosquitoes inside his swimming pool. Kapoor lives on the ground floor in the same apartment complex as Balan in Juhu.
Rajan Naringrekar, the insecticide officer of the civic body, said to The Indian Express, “In a flat on the fourth floor, we found a Petri dish for plants and a tarpaulin on the terrace and an unused swimming pool in Kapoor’s flat were found to be mosquito breeding spots. We have served notices to both of them.”
"Shahid is concerned about the findings of BMC in his building and the locality. Specially so with the presence of a new born baby in the house," spokesperson of Shahid Kapoor said.
The Times of India reports that the notice served under section 382 of the BMC Act can attract a fine of upto Rs. 10,000.
With a rise in the number of dengue cases in the city, the BMC is taking all possible steps to curb the spread of the disease.
Chikungunya and dengue have wreaked havoc in Delhi and few other parts of the country.
With inputs from IANS