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Friday, November 4, 2011

India : Dengue, lepto, malaria cases up

Via Deccan Chronicle, excerpt :

" The monsoon has brought along with it a rising number of fever and infections and city doctors are witnessing a rise in the cases of malaria, dengue and leptospirosis.

“What is alarming this year is that entire families are falling sick with dengue at the same time. We usually receive the children with severe symptoms first, but now the parents are also being affected.

We are also seeing cases of children from the same school being affected,” said paediatrician Dr J.K. Reddy, who receives at least three cases a day.

At Lister Metropolis Laboratories, the rainy season is the busiest time of the year. “In the last 10 days, there has been a spurt of monsoon-related ailments.

In a week we test 20 to 25 positive cases of dengue fever at facilities around the city,” said Ms Monika Prabhakaran, consultant pathologist at the laboratory.

More than leptospirosis and malaria, doctors claim that they get more cases of dengue as the mosquitoes that cause dengue bite mostly during the day."

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