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Summer ailments on the rise

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Summer related ailments are on the rise in the Capital. Thanks to high temperatures, cases of gastroenteritis, food poisoning and viral fevers have increased in twin cities. Interestingly, the health authorities also confirm that there is a spike in the cases of malaria, which is an offseason ailment during this part of the year.

In just one week, between April 18 and 25, the Acute Diarrhoeal Diseases (ADD) cases, which include food poisoning and gastroenteritis, have gone up to 500 at Fever Hospital. On an average, everyday, the hospital is receiving 80 to 100 patients suffering from ADD.

Rising temperatures are also triggering cases of viral infections in the Capital. The viral fevers are usually accompanied with symptoms that include high grade fever, sore throat and in some case even skin rashes. The cases of viral fevers during the same week were close to 700 at Fever Hospital. Everyday, the outpatient ward of the Fever Hospital is receiving over 100 patients with viral fevers.

The confirmed cases of malaria in twin cities in the last week were eight patients. Authorities point out that the number has been increasing gradually in the last two to three weeks. Health officials said that many patients test positive for the milder form of malaria, which are not reported at the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project of district health authorities.

Prevention measures

The authorities have requested public to take mosquito prevention measures to avoid malaria. Steps like using coils and repellents, getting rid of stagnant water in the neighbourhood and using mosquito nets are some measures to avoid mosquito bites, officials suggested.

“Our teams have visited several areas in the city to take up anti-mosquito breeding activities. Awareness campaigns, free check-up and distribution of anti-viral medicines were also taken up,” said District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO), Dr. B. L. Veena Kumari.

Large number of viral fevers, gastro and food poisoning cases reported from Lal Darwaja, Falaknuma, Riyasat Nagar, Uppuguda, areas near DBR mills, Gandhinagar, Bholakpaur and other areas at Musheerabad.

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