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Doctors report rise in dengue among pregnant women

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2012 01:46 IST
Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao
Hindustan Times
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As cases of dengue and malaria continue to be on the rise in the city, doctors have also reported an increase in dengue cases among pregnant women.

Gynaecologists have advised pregnant women with the infection to seek early medical treatment, as they could dengue-related complications which can put both mother and child at risk.

Last month, dengue and malaria drove Kurla resident Morzina Mulla, 27, into early labour leaving the doctors no options but to conduct a cesarean section surgery on her. She had a baby girl, Sidrah.

“In her ninth month, Morzina had fever and was detected with malaria. The platelet count in her blood fell up to 10,000 (the minimum is 1.5 lakhs), after which we detected dengue too. She soon went into labour because of the stress on her body,” said Dr Uma Agashe, consultant gynaecologist, Kohinoor Hospital who handled the patient.

Fortunately for Morzina, her surgery was smooth. “If dengue is detected early during the pregnancy, it can still be stabilised. But at a later state in pregnancy, it poses a risk to both mother and the child,” said Dr Sharad Kolke, consultant physician, Kohinoor Hospital.

Other gynaecologists also said there is a rise in dengue in pregnant women. “About a month ago, one of my infertility patients who conceived with great difficulty had dengue during her third month. She was bleeding because of the fall in platelet levels. Luckily for her, the foetus is doing well,” said Dr Suman Bijlani, a gynaecologist who practices in Kurla and Khar and has treated four such pregnant women so far.

This August, a 24-year old pregnant woman delivered a baby girl in JJ Hospital, Byculla after battling dengue, malaria and leptospirosis. “In my unit alone, I have seen five cases this monsoon of pregnant woman suffering from dengue. This is unusual. Pregnant women are far more prone to complications because of the disease. They should ensure there are no breeding grounds near their residences,” said Dr Ashok Anand, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, JJ Hospital.