The monsoons have led to a rise in respiratory tract infections like sore throat, cough and hoarseness of voice in adults and children and the patients are not responding to routine treatment, doctors in the city have said.
“The virus is not responding to antibiotics and symptoms persist for eight to ten days,” said Dr Ashok Mahashur, consultant chest physician at Hinduja Hospital.
“The intermittent rains have also aggravated asthma and bronchitis in patients. There is an increase in number of patients with asthma attacks and worsening of bronchitis,” Dr Mahashur added.
“Children have been affected with viral infection of the respiratory tract. In the last 15 days, there is a significant rise in children coming with symptoms like cough, cold, sore throat, pneumonia and wheezing,” said Dr Vijay Yewale, a paediatrician from Navi Mumbai.
The humid weather and rains are conducive to respiratory viruses to grow out of proportion, said doctors.
“Every day we see at least 10 to 15 children with symptoms like fever, cough, cold and loose motions, that seem like flu and is very suggestive of influenza-like illness,” said Dr Nitin Shah, consultant paediatrician at Hinduja Hospital.
Doctors’ advice includes consuming only boiled water and properly cooked food, besides keeping surroundings clean. Steam inhalation and hot water gargles will also be helpful, said doctors. “For patients with frequent episodes of asthma and bronchitis, we advise a shot of influenza vaccine,” said Dr Mahashur.
As per BMC statistics, hospitals admitted 271 patients on Friday with fever and 70 patients with gastroenteritis and 65 patients tested positive for malaria on the same day.