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Monsoon: Rise in cases of viral infection, fever

As per data provided by the civic health department, cases of gastroenteritis increased from 798 cases in April to 929 in May, as opposed to just 68 recorded in February.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | June 20, 2014 1:29:15 am

With the first showers marking the onset of monsoon from June 15, the city is witnessing a gradual rise in fever cases with as many as 2,444 cases reported by the civic health department this month alone.

Experts, however, said that the actual count is much higher as private clinics and hospitals do not report such cases to the BMC.While the count of fever cases stood at 3,500 in January and February this year, the high temperatures plaguing the city followed by a sudden change in weather a fortnight ago led to a spike in viral infection with 4,313 fever cases reported in May. In April, 4,189 cases of were reported.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, the first two weeks of June saw high temperatures that set a new all-time record for the hottest June day in the city — the maximum temperature on June 10 was 38 degree Celsius. With the onset of monsoon on June 15, the city experienced showers on and off, which lowered temperature to 32 degrees immediately, almost five degrees lower.

Dr Mangala Gomare, deputy executive health officer, BMC, said, “There was a sudden spike in fever cases towards May-end.”

Dr Anil Ballani, general physician in PD Hinduja hospital, Khar, said the symptoms in viral infection, commonly being reported now are severe body pain, fever, cough and migraine.

“The viral infection stays for at least five days or so. In such a case, intake of lots of fluid is essential along with paracetamol to control fever,” Ballani said.

Dr Sharat Kolke, a general physician in Kohinoor hospital, said gastroenteritis cases had also briefly increased towards the end of last month.

“We were admitting at least 2-3 patients every day for treatment of gastroenteritis. Since last week, the cases have started to come down,” he said.

As per data provided by the civic health department, cases of gastroenteritis increased from 798 cases in April to 929 in May, as opposed to just 68 recorded in February. This month, the count has reached 434.

“In mid-July, we are expecting to notice a rise in malaria and dengue because that’s when water-logging and potholes issue are at their peak and mosquito growth increases,” he said.

So far this month, the count of malaria and dengue is hovering at 308 and 11 respectively, while last month 541 malaria cases and 32 dengue cases were reported.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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