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Dengue on the rise,mystery fever causes panic

Dengue is on the rise in the state and the total number of cases of the disease has crossed 200. However,longer duration of fever and decreasing platelet count in the patients who have tested negative for the disease have puzzled the doctors.

Dengue is on the rise in the state and the total number of cases of the disease has crossed 200. However,longer duration of fever and decreasing platelet count in the patients who have tested negative for the disease have puzzled the doctors. While hospitals are flooded with such patients,doctors suspect a change in the viral strain responsible for the longer duration of fever.

“Dengue cases are increasing but there are a number of cases where the patients test negative for dengue and yet their platelet count is decreasing,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr AK Shukla.

What is creating panic among the patients,said doctors,is the longer duration of fever. From the earlier trend of four to five days,this time the fever sustains for over 10 days.

“A change in the viral strain seems to have caused the new fever pattern. But there is no need to panic because mortality is still nil,at least in Lucknow,” said Shukla. “Fall in platelets need not always indicate dengue. Dengue is generally accompanied by severe pain in the joints,which is not true in case of viral cases,” he said.

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The hospitals of Lucknow,both private and government,are flooded with patients who have fever for over 10 days and their platelet count is decreasing. Balrampur Hospital,for instance,have at least 650 patients admitted while more were pouring in on Monday for admission,while the hospital has 605 beds.

Dr Shobhnath,Director,Balrampur Hospital,said: “It is a common phenomenon that virus mutates after two to three strains. This time,the cases of viral fever have definitely increased while there are very few cases of diarrhoea,as compared to the last few years. However,the platelet count in these patients is decreasing only up to a level,after which it stabilises.” He said there is panic as people have become more conscious about platelet count.

According to the state Health department,a total of 218 people have tested positive for dengue while one has succumbed to the disease. The prevalence of the disease is reported in 30 districts of the state,with 119 cases reported from Lucknow,11 cases from Baghpat,9 from Ghaziabad,8 from Kanpur,7 each from Sultanpur and Badayun and 6 from Gautam Buddha Nagar,while the rest of the districts have reported 5 or fewer cases till date.

The number of the dengue cases this year is the highest in the last three years.