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Capital in the grip of deadly dengue.

DENGUE is back and is spreading its wings in the Capital. Over the past few days Delhi's hospitals have been witnessing a steady influx of patients suffering from high fever, and doctors feel many of them may be suffering from dengue.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) alone has been receiving more than 100 patients daily, all suffering from high fever. Out of these, the premier institute is admitting three to four patients every day. The worst affected has been the AIIMS workers.

" Not only dengue, other kinds of viruses are also circulating in the air which causes high fever like dengue.

The virus may be pneumonia as well. Most of the admissions in our hospital are our own employees.

Many of them may have dengue.

This is the season for dengue and the cases of fever are increasing day by day," said Dr Praveen Aggarwal, professor- in- charge of Emergency Medicine at AIIMS. " The virus is milder this year in comparison to previous years.

Last year patients used to come with internal bleeding, which is an obvious sign of dengue. But this year the patients don't have internal bleeding. So, these cases need to be properly investigated as they may be carrying other viruses," Dr Aggarwal said.

On Wednesday, the Capital reported 10 more cases of dengue taking the total figure to 98. Out of the 98 cases, three originated from outside Delhi. Among the rest, 16 were reported from the south while 13 such cases were registered in Civil Lines, Karol Bagh and central areas.

" We advise patients not to self medicate and see the doctor immediately to know the exact cause of fever. The treatment for dengue or any other fever is paracetamol, so we are giving the same and advising the patients to consume plenty of liquids," Dr Aggarwal added.

" Dengue cases will be there for another month and will start subsiding in November with the onset of winter," he said.

The situation in other city hospitals are not too bright either.

" We have to put two patients on a single bed. Dengue cases are rising every day. We are receiving 50 to 100 patients with fever every day. Many of them need to be admitted. We can't deny treatment to anyone.

There is already a crunch of beds and dengue and other viral fevers are increasing the problem," said Dr B. D. Athani, medical superintendant at Safdarjung hospital.

There are four types of dengue -- DENV 1, DENV2, DENV3 and DENV 4 -- that are capable of producing diseases ranging from self- limiting dengue fever ( DF) to severe life- threatening dengue haemorrhagic fever ( F) and dengue shock syndrome ( DSS).

A recent study conducted by the Department of Virology and the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, revealed that people in Delhi have become immune to DENV- 3 and its place is being taken by DENV- 1.

The study was carried out by Dr Ekta Gupta, Dr Sweta Mohan, Dr Meenu Bajpai, Dr Aashish Choudhary and Dr Gaurav Singh.

As many as 10 more cases of dengue were reported in the Capital on Wednesday

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Date:Oct 4, 2012
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