With dengue cases peaking in the national capital, most of the government-run and private hospitals in the city are flooded with people, who are insisting on being admitted to the hospitals. As per the recent reports , almost 950 people in Delhi have been diagnosed with dengue fever and reportedly, two patients have so far succumbed to the deadly fever. Even though there are enough platelet donors and medication for dengue patients, there is an acute scarcity of beds in the hospitals.
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Not only the capital city, but the whole nation is reeling under dengue threat. Contrary to the early reports of dengue presenting milder symptoms, the newly data has revealed that this year people have complained of unusual dengue symptoms. Dr. Mukta Aggarwal, Consultant hospitalist in Columbia Asia says “Dengue cases in Delhi and NCR have seen a spurt this year and unlike previous years, most of the patients suspecting dengue are complaining of pain in legs, vomiting, severe body ache and restlessness. These symptoms are relatively new as opposed to the obvious signs of dengue that mainly include high fever and rashes”.
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Usually, the incidence of dengue starts dropping with the arrival of winters, but this year has been different with 33 people tested positive for dengue in Delhi on 21st October alone. The number of dengue deaths reported across the city has been low this year as the patients are already aware about the various symptoms of dengue and are being managed in a better way by their respective doctors.
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This year doctors are more concerned about dengue patients because the fever, brought by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has become more viperous by causing quite disturbing symptoms. In recent reports, three children, who were diagnosed with dengue, were admitted at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital because they complained of acute respiratory distress developed due to the fever. There condition worsened to the extent that they had to be kept on high frequency ventilator.
The national capital witnessed 216 dengue cases and three deaths in 2011; in 2010, the numbers of cases were equally alarming with around 4,000 cases and five deaths. The year 2009 had the lowest dengue occurrences with only 29 reported cases of dengue and no death.
The most evident symptoms of dengue remain fever accompanied by severe headache, severe eye/joint pain, rashes, mild bleeding of nose or gum or low platelet count. The unusual symptoms that are being complained of this year include vomiting, restlessness, acute abdominal pain, increased irritability and leg pain. The general advice given by doctors to curb the skyrocketing numbers of dengue cases is to use mosquito net while sleeping, wear full-sleeved clothes, apply mosquito repellent when going out regardless of time of the day and fumigate your surroundings with anti-mosquito sprays.
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