Amid the COVID-19 cases in Delhi-NCR, the increase in viral cases has been reported among children in several hospitals of Noida. More than 50 percent of outpatient cases (OPDs) involve viral fever in children.
The number of children with viral fevers is also increasing in hospitals in the national capital.
“50-55 percent of patients complain of fever. Our facility sees 5-7 cases of dengue per day in the OPD. The seasonal fever occurs every year,” said Dr. Jyotsna Madan, Acting Director, Child PGI, Noida.
“We are in the midst of a viral fever outbreak. We are getting many cases of viral fever in children. Nearly 25 percent of our OPDs are children who develop a fever, often with symptoms such as colds, coughs and fevers. There are simple virals and in some cases of H3N2, a form of swine flu, we get that too,” says Dr. Nitin Verma, Director, General Pediatrics, Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital.
According to Dr (Brig) Rakesh Gupta, director of GIMS, Noida, “The total number of children with viral fever who are hospitalized is six and one case of dengue is hospitalized.”
“We get nearly 30 patients in OPD every day with complaints of viral fever,” he added.
However, according to government data, Scrub typhus, the mysterious fever in Uttar Pradesh, has claimed many lives so far, 40 of them only children.
Recently, the central team visited Firozabad district and found that most cases are due to Dengue while a few are due to Scrub Typhus and Leptospirosis. Vector indices were found to be high with House Index and Container Index, both above 50 percent.
NCDC has delegated two EIS officers to the district for a period of the next 14 days and they will help the district strengthen its response to the outbreak.
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