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Hospitals report spurt in dengue, viral fever cases

Vidyashree Amaresh

Bangalore: The city hospitals have reported a large number of dengue fever cases this winter besides severe viral infections, which required hospitalisation for over a week.

Internal Consultant of Manipal Hospital Sanjeev Rao told The Hindu that the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in human beings that has become a major concern today is transmitted by Acdes Argypti mosquito.

The increase in the number of cases has been the repercussions of the incessant rain in the city recently.

Symptoms

The stagnant water in many places across the city had led to the breeding of these mosquitoes. This disease is called the "break-bone fever" because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking and hence the name.

People should look for symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, eye pain, joint and muscle pain, nausea and rash and should consult a physician without any delay.

The number of cases of viral fevers is on the rise with patients affected severely and requiring hospitalisation for over a week.

Symptoms being runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, muscle aches these viruses, which often occur during winter, may cause diarrhoea, vomiting or an upset stomach.

The patients have to consult a physician immediately and besides antibiotics, these can be treated using decongestants and cough medicine at the initial stage itself.