Monsoon in Delhi Could give rise to Viral Infections

Updated at: Sep 09, 2014
Monsoon in Delhi Could give rise to Viral Infections

With the monsoon coming in so late in Delhi, the fear of viral infections is creeping in. It is important to know the threats and defend oneself from them.

Written by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Sep 06, 2014

rain in delhiThe Indian capital city of New Delhi has recently seen a rise in rainfall, and this could lead to a spurt in viral infections. This could influence influenza, common cold and conjunctivitis. The vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue had actually seen a dip this year, and this can be credited to the delay monsoon. But now with the rains pouring back in, the risks are arising.

Associate Consultant (Medicine) Dr. Atul Gogia, at the Sri Ganga Ram Hospital has said that the cooler temperatures can cause viruses to grow which in turn could lead to diseases such as influenza.

Dr. Gogia said in a statement, “Now that the weather is cooler, there will be an automatic rise in flu cases. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, body ache and fatigue. We have seen a sudden rise in cases of respiratory infection.”

Also, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine at Max Hospital, Dr. Romel Tickoo said that in the past ten days there has been a rise in the number of patients of viral fever, along with problems such as gastroenteritis, viral hepatitis and respiratory tract infections.

Also, there has been a rise in cases of eye-infections, conjunctivitis in particular.

Senior Consultant at Columbia Asia hospital in Gurgaon also said that the rains increase chances of viral and bacterial infections and viral eye infections actually happen due to the humidity in the weather. It is important for one to wash his or her hands on a regular basis.

However, the good news is that dengue and malaria cases have been less this year compared to other years.  
Despite the fear, the good news is that the climate has become pleasant in the national capital and remains so with constant rainfall leading to a dip in temperature.

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