Mumbai

Viral fever, dengue on the rise

Patients complain about throat irritation, acute breathlessness

Over the past few weeks, doctors in the city are witnessing a spurt in cases of viral fever and mosquito-borne diseases with the onset of monsoon. Patients with symptoms of fever, body ache, respiratory and throat infections are making a beeline for public hospitals, and private hospitals and dispensaries.

“Patients with viral fever are complaining not only of body aches and pains but also severe throat infections. The investigations for common ailments like malaria, and dengue are often negative in these cases,” said Dr. Abhishek Subash, a general physician at Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo. Dr. Subash said he has noticed a rise in dengue cases. Last month, the hospital recorded 17 positive cases of dengue and five patients have tested positive so far this month.

Dr. Hemant Gupta, a physician who practices at several hospitals in south Mumbai, including the State-run JJ Hospital, said that at least six positive dengue cases and 50 to 60 cases of viral fever are reported in the city every week.

Other common diseases

Dr. Gupta said, “All these cases have been in the mild form and patients have not required hospitalisation so far.” He said he has noticed a rise in cases of hepatitis E and typhoid, and two of his patients have been admitted with leptospirosis.

Meanwhile, Zen Multispeciality Hospital in Chembur has recorded 10 positive cases of dengue, four cases of typhoid and 16 cases of H1N1. Dr. Roy Patankar, a gastroenterologist at the hospital, said, “Most H1N1, dengue, and malaria cases have atypical symptoms. The patients don’t have fever but have throat irritation and acute breathlessness.”

Dr. Pradeep Angre, medical superintendent of the civic-run Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital in Kandivali, said the cases would increase even more now. He said, “The real increase will be witnessed now that we have had a few weeks of rainfall. But we are ready and equipped to deal with it.” Dr. Angre said nearly 30% patients in their medical ward have viral fever.

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