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Heavy rains trigger steep rise in viral infections across India, Southern states most affected

Heavy rains have up the number of viral fever cases in India. And it seems that the southern states have been more affected by the viral fever. Doctors have termed the spike 'expected' due to the rainy season, they also hope that the situation will be under control in a few weeks.


By   |  Updated On : July 21, 2017 06:00 PM
Heavy rains trigger rise in viral infections across India, Southern states most affected (Representative image)

Heavy rains trigger rise in viral infections across India, Southern states most affected (Representative image)

New Delhi :  

Heavy rains have up the number of viral fever cases in India. And it seems that the southern states have been more affected by the viral fever. Doctors have termed the spike 'expected' due to the rainy season, they also hope that the situation will be under control in a few weeks.

In Kerala, the cases of viral fever have been on an all time high. There were more than 11,000 cases of Dengue since May in 2017. There were at least 21 deaths due to dengue and the government in on a cleanliness drive. Health services director for the state labelled the situation 'a massive health crisis.'

Due to heavy rains in the state, the stagnated water is causing a number of viral infections. On July 16, more than 40,000 people in the state had fallen prey to high fever.

In Hyderabad, one thousand cases of Malaria have been reported in the year 2017. Non-stop rains are adding to the numbers. Help of approximately 33,571 Rapid Diagonostic Test kits  have been provided for the diagonosis of malaria across hospitals.

There were 284 deaths due to H1N1 in Maharashtra out of total 600 deaths in India due to the infection. Kyasanur Forest Disease also known as Monkey fever is now spreading across the state.

The first case of Zika was reported from Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri. On Wednesday, a 9-year-old boy succumbed to aute fever in Tiruchi. There is shortage of medicines in the state.

Seems in a short time Karnataka has come into the grip of the deadly dengue. In the last 72 hours, almost 400 cases of Dengue were reported in Karnataka.

"We are taking all precautions and have kept our doctors alert. People should also cooperate since it is not just the job of the health department. Civic bodies are also responsible for fogging and cleaning up areas prone to mosquito breeding. There is no shortage of beds at government hospitals," said Ramesh Kumar, Health minister of Karnataka.

"When patients face severe vomiting, breathlessness, falling BP, severe dehydration, we immediately advise hospitalisation. There are people with myocardisis which is decrease in heart function and respiratory tract, depending on the condition we admit the patient either in ICU or on emergency and keep them under strict observation," said Dr Pankaj Singhai, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicines, Manipal Hospitals

First Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 05:50 PM


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