As dengue goes viral in the national Capital, October has been very difficult for the people and doctors — the maximum number of cases this year have been reported this month.
Of the 455 dengue cases reported till now, 325 were registered in October alone. This means three in four dengue cases this year have been reported in October.
On Monday, 30 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported. Cases of malaria have also gone up with 222 cases being reported so far this year.
There is a severe bed crunch at city hospitals because of the high number of dengue cases. Many of them have added extra beds to accommodate the patient load.
To avoid patient overload, the hospitals are not admitting people if the platelet count is above 50,000.
“We monitor platelets and only if we see the count dropping rapidly that we admit a person. October is the peak time for contracting mosquito-borne illnesses,” said Dr SP Byotra, chairman, department of medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
The city hospitals are also getting many foreigners with dengue-like symptoms. A 47-year-old embassy official from one of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries recently underwent treatment at a hospital.
The official, who was admitted at Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, on October 11, was suffering from high-grade fever for more than two days. Doctors performed dengue NS1 antigen test that turned out to be positive.
“His platelet count dropped to 1,20,000 in the next two days but stabilised after that, so he did not require a platelet transfusion. We managed him on IV fluids and supportive medication,” said a doctor at the hospital. The official was discharged on October 15 after his condition got better.
Aneesh Sharma, 55, a German national, was on a 14-day business trip to India earlier this month, most of which was spent in a hospital undergoing treatment for dengue. Sharma was admitted to a private hospital in the city after he got very high fever on the fourth day of his landing here on October 1.
“His platelet count started dropping rapidly but he didn’t require a transfusion. He stayed in the hospital for four days and had become very weak. We don’t know where he was bitten by a mosquito,” said Vijay Sharma, his younger brother. Sharma left for Germany on Sunday night.
As many as 23 dengue cases, involving foreign nationals, have been reported from Gurgaon in the past one month. Most of them are from China, Nigeria and European countries.