Viral illnesses and cold-related ailments have taken a toll on the city. There is a significant rise in the number of these cases in the past few days.
According to Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant at Apollo Hospital, there is an increase of nearly 30 percent in the patients with a sore throat, cough, runny nose, and fever.
Doctors at Max Hospital are also seeing an exceptionally high number of elderly people with pneumonia.
“Many patients are getting viral illnesses in spite of preventive vaccination,” said Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, senior director of internal medicine at Max Hospital, Saket.
“At this time, when people come in with fever, we assume that it is a viral infection because that is what is doing the rounds. If it does not resolve on its own in three-to-five days and shows symptoms consistent with dengue or typhoid, we get them tested. The hospital is getting sporadic cases of both dengue and typhoid as well,” said Dr Srikant Sharma, a senior consulting physician at Moolchand Hospital.
“When the temperature drops suddenly, the body is not accustomed to it, which is why there is a rise in the number of viral infections during this time every year,” said Dr Chatterjee.
The viral infections are most likely the result of the change in the season.
Swine flu in the city has amounted to the death of one person till now and 22 others have been found positive for the flu in Delhi.
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