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Mumbai: 3,500 people fall sick in just 10 days due to sudden climate change


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Mumbai: Since the last 10 days, more than 3,500 patients suffering from viral fever were hospitalised in civic hospitals. Doctors have blamed the sudden change in the climate for the rise in viral infections. Civic hospital doctors said they are treating more than 100 patients suffering from viral infections on daily basis.

They said patients coming for getting treatment have low immunity level due to which they are suffering from viral infections. “Citizens should cover their face and should drink enough water so that they do not feel dizzy. If anyone has a high fever, lasting for over two days, they must not self-medicate and should approach a doctor,” said a senior health official.

The doctors said they are mostly getting patients showing common symptoms of an acute sore throat, cough, body ache and cold. “We are using antibiotics only in cases where viral infections have led to secondary bacterial infection,” a doctor said. Dr Om Shrivastav, an infectious disease specialist, said the viruses thrive in fluctuating temperatures. “Viruses spread in humid weather and rapid change in temperatures. Of late, there has been increased in malaria and dengue cases in both public and private hospitals,” he added.