Mumbai: Rain is coming, be safe during season of illness

Mumbai: Monsoon is the season of illness. People are likely to get affected with various rain-related diseases like leptospirosis, dengue, malaria, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and hepatitis.

A senior doctor at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital said that a spike in the number of patients during monsoon is mainly because of consumption of street juices and contaminated ice.

“The issues may worsen with the first showers because vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria will also rise,” said the doctor.

He added that monsoon is the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria which may lead to various water-borne diseases, air-borne diseases and mosquito-borne diseases.

“As the monsoon arrives, water gets accumulated in many places. The rainy season also brings a rise in the cases of cholera, typhoid. Some of them are water-borne and supply of dirty water is the main reason for the spread,” added the doctor.

Dr. Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM, said that before monsoon they issue a circular in all the hospital and asked to take all the precautionary measures. They also start with training of the doctors how to treat patients during the monsoon.

“The training of the doctors has been started from the month of April for curing the patients during the monsoon. Moreover, we check out the stock of the medicine and do fumigation across all the hospital in the city,” added Dr. Supe.

Dr. Supe further stated that they clean the hospital and remove all the scrap from the hospital and its premises. Through various means we try to create awareness among the people regarding what precautions should they take during the monsoon.

The dengue fear

According to the estimates from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, since the beginning of this year, 90 people have been affected by dengue due to bites of AIDS Aegis mosquito spreading in the city.

1297 people have been affected due to malaria spreading Anopheles mosquito bites.

Due to the consumption of contaminated food and contaminated water, 3410 people have been affected by gastroentritisis.

The treatment

Infections during the monsoon usually start with tonsillitis, cold and cough and gradually spread to the rest of the body. Symptoms of viral fever are body and muscle pain, headache, joint pain, redness of eyes, skin rash and nasal congestion. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The treatment of viral fever is entirely symptomatic and it usually comes down after four or five days.

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