NOIDA/GHAZIABAD: Daily dengue cases are declining, but more patients are coming into OPDs with symptoms of flu-like infections, in a shift that was expected with the onset of winter season, doctors said on Monday.
Over the past week, the number of OPD patients with symptoms linked to dengue has been less than 10 per day at the District Combined Hospital in Sector 30, Noida.
“If the number of dengue-related patients was 20% of all OPD patients (250-300) in a day, it has reduced to 5% now. But the number of flu-like infection cases has gone up. Now, more people are complaining of fever, runny nose and sore throat,” said Dr Vikas Kheria, senior physician at DCH.
Dr Kheria said this was because of the change in weather. “Afternoons are a little warmer while evenings suddenly become colder. This and exposure to wind, or the sudden use of ACs in cars, makes a person prone to seasonal viral infections,” he said.
Doctors in Ghaziabad spoke of a similar trend. Dr Rajpal Singh, senior physician at the MMG Hospital, said, “The change in weather has certainly increased the number of patients who have fever, body ache, cough, and cold symptoms. In addition, people are also experiencing breathing-related problems due to air pollution in the region. Since it will become even colder, adequate care should be taken to protect against seasonal viral infections.”
Ghaziabad has recorded 831 dengue cases this year and Gautam Budh Nagar, 370, according to official data.
Health officials had previously said that the dengue season was tapering to an end as rains had stopped and the season was changing to winter.
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