Indore: Amid rise in case of seasonal diseases, city doctors have witnessed a change in pattern of atypical viral fever in which diagnoses remain inconclusive and the fever remains for more time than the usual period.
Experts said that it is due to frequent changes in weather conditions and temperature. Moreover, the viral fever has symptoms of both chikungunya and dengue.
“There is a steep rise in number of patients suffering from viral diseases, thanks to ever changing weather conditions. Average six patients are coming to my clinic daily with symptoms of viral fever,” said general physician Dr Ashutosh Sharma.
At least 40 per cent rise in patients’ foot fall and the number might increase if the weather continues for more days, he said.
Dr Sharma said that patients with high-grade fever, who complain of vomiting and severe headache, are suspected cases of dengue or malaria. But on investigation most of them test negative.
“The change in pattern of fever made it to last for at least five days which usually remains for three days. It is also causing extreme weakness, severe body ache and joint pain, which are the symptoms of chikungunya as well,” the general physician added.
Another physician Dr Mahendra Jha said, “Patients with atypical fever show dengue and chikungunya like symptoms but test negative. Doctors across the city have been observing this phenomenon.”
“The treatment for the disease is usual as required for the treatment of fever but it needs extra dose and extra care over the blood count and loss of fluid from the body. Rest plays the major part in the treatment,” Dr Jha added.
“I am witnessing 15 fresh cases of fever every day. Most of them are of atypical fever in which the WBC and platelet counts is not going down but the weakness in the body and pain in joints are similar to the one in chikungunya and dengue,” he added.