Monsoon brings in spurt in viral fever

More cases reported than previous year

Though the focus of the health department has primarily been on checking cases of dengue and malaria, it is the viral fever this year which has been more aggressive.

Hospitals are reporting a spurt in such cases with doctors specialising in internal medicine claiming that 50-60 per cent of their patients are those suffering from viral fever.

Though it is not unusual for viral fever to strike with the onset of monsoon, the number this year has been comparatively higher in the last two weeks as compared to the corresponding period last year.

While private hospitals say they are receiving around 50-60 viral fever cases everyday, the number is much higher in the government hospitals.

Though it usually takes three to four days for a person to recover from the viral fever, patients are taking as many as eight to 10 days to recover now.

Dr R K Singhal, senior consultant of internal medicine at BLK Super Specialty Hospital, said the virus was smarting itself and getting the better of the patients. As a result, even adults who usually show greater immunity against the virus are getting infected.
“Even the normal medicines which were effective till now are taking longer to effect. Patients are requiring more medications to bring down the fever and as a result they are getting hospitalised,” he said.

There is a surge in the number of patients suffering from viral fever.

“The number of patients admitted with viral fever is definitely much more than last year. Sixty per cent of all patients with fever at the hospital are cases of viral fever. Some even reported body temperatures as high as 105 degree Fahrenheit,” said Dr S P Byotra, chairman of internal medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, director of internal medicine at Apollo Hospital, said he was personally dealing with around 15-20 cases of viral fever everyday. “There are four other OPDs in the hospital dealing with similar number of patients each,” he added.
Viral fever is characterised by high fever, body pain, cough and vomiting and is considered highly contagious.

Though most of these viruses are self-limiting and recede after a point of some, doctors say some are dangerous and can progress quickly to even cause death.

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