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Increase in number of dengue cases

BMP claims no cases have come to the notice of the civic body

Sahana Charan

BANGALORE: Even as reports of deaths caused by dengue fever are coming in from Tumkur district, hospitals in Bangalore have been receiving several cases of the disease with the onset of rains. This is only the beginning, say doctors. Once heavy rains set in, an increase in the number of cases may be seen in the next three months.

Low blood platelet count

However, no deaths have been reported so far from any hospital in the city. Five patients are undergoing treatment at Philomena Hospital. The hospital has received a number of suspected dengue cases in the last one month.

"The patients we have treated have shown symptoms of `viral haemorrhagic fever,' a category of dengue wherein there is bleeding from certain parts of the body, including the nose and gums, and even cerebral haemorrhage. Many of the patients have low blood platelet count," Shankar Prasad, Medical Superintendent of Philomena Hospital, said.

The ailment is caused by the mosquito vector "Aedes aegypti" that breeds on stagnant water and the symptoms include fever, lower back ache, pain in the calf muscles and, nasal bleeding. About 50 patients were admitted to the Manipal Hospital in the city in the last one month.

Hospital authorities told The Hindu that six blood transfusion procedures were conducted at the hospital for patients who had low blood platelet count and the hospital had assisted other centres in the treatment of 112 patients suffering from the ailment.

The Medical Superintendent of Victoria Hospital, Siddaraju, said the hospital has been receiving several cases of dengue in the last few months.

At the St. John's Medical College Hospital, one confirmed case was reported last week, while the blood sample of one patient with suspected dengue has been sent for analysis.

Shivananda, Director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, said three children with suspected dengue fever are being admitted at the institute every week.

When contacted, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Chief Health Officer, Tandava Murthy, said no cases of dengue had come to the notice of the civic body.

"We have asked the hospital authorities to report to us if they received any dengue cases. So far we have not got any reports. The BMP has taken adequate measures during the last one year to control the ailment including taking up spraying of pesticides in affected areas," he said.

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