As unfavorable weather conditions continue to prevail in the state, Hamirpur district is falling prey to viral fever.
Almost all the hospitals of the district are filled up with the patients suffering from viral fever, with the outpatient departments catering to maximum rush.
Viral fever, as the name suggests, is a contagious illness. When a person coughs, sneezes, yawns or even talk, they tend to spray tiny particles of fluid that contain bacteria and viruses from their body.
Ramesh Kumar of Hamirpur said that he has been suffering from viral fever and undergoing treatment. He said that he was feeling somewhat relieved but the fever had spread to other member of the family.
Similarly, Anita Kumari of Bhota said that her child was in grip of viral fever for the last three days, and that was why she had come to Hamirpur hospital for check-up of her child.
District health officer Dr Sanjay Jagota says that some common steps to keep diseases like viral fever at bay would be to wash hands regularly, avoid crowded places, and avoid touching your face (mouth and nose) with your hands without washing them.
He said that since a virus cannot be detected by a blood test and a bacterium can, the test is mainly to rule out bacterial infection.
Dr PR Katwal, chief medical officer, said that he was aware of outbreak of viral fever in the district, adding that he would advise people to take adequate rest and have warm soothing food like soup and 'khichdi' till they get better.