Fever goes viral in Okhla: The recent death of sister-in-law of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan from dengue has once again shifted the focus on the deadly disease in the locality. Though residents are alarmed with the development, doctors suggest that this season they are dealing with more viral fever patients than dengue cases.
A doctor in Abul Fazal Enclave, who also runs a small hospital in the locality, said these days 90 per cent of cases that we are coming across are of patients suffering from viral fever.
Several residents have complained about suffering from viral fever with one resident Javed Iqbal Khan of AFE even sharing the info on his social media timeline. This is not to say that dengue threat has receded but right now doctors of local hospitals said large number of patients visiting them is those suffering from viral fever.
The exact figure is not known but one can see huge turnout of patients in hospitals. Those who are most vulnerable to the fever are children between two and eight years.
Paediatrician Dr Yashoda Devi told TOI earlier: “Children between two and eight years are most vulnerable during this season because of allergens in the air. The cloudy, humid weather is changing drastically and kids are unable to adapt to rapid changes. Their lung walls are thinner and the bronchite enters their spasm during the night making them vulnerable to cough and cold. The symptoms persist for three to four weeks despite administering a high dose of antibiotics.”