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H1N1, dengue, patients rising at an alarming rate in Mumbai

Thursday, July 11, 2019
By A Staff Reporter

Zen Multispecialty, hospital reported 16 swine flu, 10 dengue, 2 malaria, 4 typhoid, and 2 patients from June 27 to July 7, while experts advise to take preventive measures like using full-sleeved clothes, insect repellents.

Monsoon invites a plethora of diseases such as H1N1, dengue, malaria, typhoid, flu, viral fever, and hepatitis which can be life-threatening. Zen Multispecialty Hospital witnessed 16 swine flu, 10 dengue, 2 malaria, 4 typhoid, and 2 patients from June whereas and SRV Mamata Hospital, Dombivli,  reported 2 dengue, 2 malaria, and 1 swine flu. Surely, the numbers are harrowing! Hence, Experts have highlighted some preventive measures like avoiding stagnant water which is the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Monsoon is pleasing and helps you get that much-needed relief from the scorching heat. But, along with that, it can also put you at the risk of fatal diseases like swine flu, dengue, malaria, typhoid, flu, viral fever, Leptospirosis, and hepatitis. According to the experts, the number of inpatients and outpatients related to these diseases are queuing up in the hospitals.

Dr. Roy Patankar, Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital underscores,“Vector-borne infections, like H1N1, dengue and malaria, have started sprouting as soon as monsoon has arrived in Mumbai. Most H1n1, dengue and malaria patients came to us with atypical symptoms. They represented with no fever, but throat irritation and acute breathlessness."

Dr. Nirmaldutta Thakur, General Physician, SRV Mamata Hospital, Dombivli, said,"With intermittent rains, people can easily fall prey to dengue and malaria, so they need to take adequate precautions. These worrisome diseases can be prevented by avoiding stagnant water near the house, wearing full-sleeved clothes, and opting for insect repellents.”

Dengue cases in Maharashtra were up by an unprecedented 41% in 2018 from 2017. The public health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported 4, 626 cases of malaria in the city from July 2018 till May 2019. Surely, these fatal illnesses are giving a tough time to children, owing to which parents are worried.

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