Viral infection keeps Mumbai on its toes

Viral fever cases are on rise in Mumbai. Majority of the people are admitted due to viral fever. From 1st to 15th August, 4339 patients suffering from viral fever were admitted in various MCGM Hospitals. Fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, hoarseness, and muscle aches are some common symptoms of viral infection. Many people are visiting doctors with these symptoms but on the backdrop of the swine flu outbreak, doctors are not taking any chances

Viral infection keeps Mumbai on its toes

Viral fever cases are on rise in Mumbai. Majority of the people are admitted due to viral fever. From 1st to 15th August, 4339 patients suffering from viral fever were admitted in various MCGM Hospitals. If you take a closer look, you will notice several people who have fever, body aches, and runny noses. Doctors are receiving more and more patients who are having viral infections. Currently the weather conditions in the city and a low immunity among people are said to be the prime reasons behind individuals falling sick.

According to Dr Jayesh Lele, a senior general physician practising at Malad the current weather conditions of Mumbai is suitable for the growth of microbes and this is a reason why more people are falling prey to infections.

“Viruses get more activated in a humid atmosphere. The weather in the city at the moment is favourable for their growth. Each season these viruses undergo mutation. So, even people are vaccinated they might catch the infection,” Dr Lele said.

Fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, hoarseness, and muscle aches are some common symptoms of viral infection. Many people are visiting doctors with these symptoms but on the backdrop of the swine flu outbreak, doctors are not taking any chances. Doctors are insisting that the patients undergo certain tests to get the exact diagnosis.

“Recently, we are seeing a lot of patients with fever and other symptoms of a viral infection. It is important to conduct a proper diagnosis. So we are making sure that the patients are doing the necessary tests. In some cases we give them symptomatic treatment till the reports are out,” said Dr Shubhada Amre, a general physician practising at Sandhurst Road.

In order to reduce the risk caused by viral infections, experts have advised people to refrain from the self-medication and seek medical advice immediately. “Some people prefer to take medicines on their own. This should be avoided. After a day of fever or other symptoms a patient should visit the doctor immediately and strictly follow the course prescribed by him/her,” said Dr Lele.