EVEN AS the City tries to cope with chikungunya and dengue, two other viral-borne demons are looming over it and surrounding areas - falciparum malaria and encephalitis.
Death of a person from outside Indore due to falciparum at the MY Hospital on Saturday evening has vindicated what the private practitioners have been saying about the rise of ‘viral syndrome.’ They claim the number of cases is on the rise, though a clear picture in terms of exact number of patients is not clear.
“There have been about 25-28 cases of encephalitis in the past two-and-a-half months. Also, there is encephalomyelitis which can be called more serious than chikungunya and dengue, not because these are fatal every time but the recovery is very slow in this disease and most of the time it is incomplete, which leads to other complications,” according to Dr Abhay Bhagwat, of CHL Apollo Hospitals. “There has been a case of Japanese encephalitis too at our hospital,” he added.
At Gokuldas Hospital, there have been around 15-20 cases of falciparum, but fortunately, the patients have been treated, according to Dr Pankaj Tiwari of the hospital. “This is because of the overall rise in viral infection. But I hope, with the decreasing humidity, the rate would come down,” he said.
Another private hospital, Choithram, is recording more cases of falciparum. “Even though we cannot give exact numbers, we have seen an increasing in patients of falciparum over past few weeks. This has been noticed even when there is no decrease in chikungunya cases,” according to Choithram ADMS Dr Sunil Chandiwal.
Dr Manish Jain from the Bombay Hospital also corroborated the rise of falciparum saying, “We have had 4-5 cases in as many days.” The administration, which has been fighting with the mosquito-borne diseases, is equally worried about the viral fever. “We are already carrying out a drive against mosquitoes. People have been warned about the various mosquito-borne diseases. And now, people have to be careful about malaria and encephalitis also. After all, the vector is same,” Additional Collector Renu Pant said on Sunday.
When asked about dengue cases in the City, she said, “Today there was one case tested positive for IGM (suspected dengue) at the Bombay Hospital. However, there have been no new cases.”
“Basically, the number of persons affected is more outside Indore. Khargone and Shajapur areas have more cases and MY being the referral centre, these cases come here,” she added.