Mumbai sees spike in viral infections, consult a doctor if your flu symptoms persist
Between September 1 and 11, the Brihanumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department recorded 102 cases of dengue, 271 cases of malaria and 24 cases of leptospirosis.mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2017 12:51 IST
Two weeks after Mumbai received record rains, viral infections are on a rise in the city, said doctors.
Dr Gautam Bhansali, consultant physician at Bombay Hospital said that he has seen a spurt of dengue cases in the last three weeks. “We have admitted at least 35 patients who had dengue viral infection. However, treatment has largely been symptomatic,” he said.
He added that every day, he sees close to 15 cases of viral infection, where patients come with acute sore throat, cough and cold. “We are using antibiotics only in cases where viral infections have lead to secondary bacterial infection,” he said.
Dr Madukar Garodia, a physician at Malad, also said patients are coming in with complaints of runny nose, body ache and fever. “If I see 100 patients a day, 20 to 30 patients have symptoms of flu. Out of these, 10% of the patients are diagnosed with swine flu.”
He said all these symptoms mimic swine flu, which makes it very difficult to diagnose H1N1 from normal flu. “If anyone has high fever, lasting over two days, they must not self-medicate and approach a doctor,” Dr Goradia said.
Between September 1 and 11, the Brihanumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department recorded 102 cases of dengue, 271 cases of malaria and 24 cases of leptospirosis. The body is yet to release data on the number of deaths recorded during the same period.
Dr Anita Matthews, an infectious disease specialist at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, said viruses thrive in fluctuating temperatures. “Viruses spread in humid weather and rapidly changing temperatures. Off late, there has been an increase in dengue cases in both public and private hospitals,” she said.
Doctors have advised people against self- medication, as it may delay the diagnosis. “If fever lasts over four days, one must visit the doctor,” said a doctor from KEM Hospital’s medicine department.