Fatal fevers have gripped at least 5 Indian states with nearly 100 deaths reported over the last month from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Starting from cases of fatal fevers reported from UP’s Firozabad district in August second week. MP has become the latest state to report alarming rise in fever with 3,000 cases and 6 suspected fatalities.
Officials in different states have stated different causes behind the cases of fatal fever. In UP, the causes were dengue, scrub typhus and leptospirosis, Bihar’s cases were attributed to pneumonia and West Bengal blamed it on influenza. The causes for cases in Haryana and MP have not been ascertained.
In MP, health officials revealed that many of the people reporting high fever did not test positive for dengue but continued to report temperature and lowering platelet count. Samples are being sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for further testing.
As per Health officials in the state, they suspect a new variant of dengue is behind the cases.
In Uttar Pradesh, 61 deaths happened in Firozabad due to dengue, as per state officials. Mathura has reported 11 deaths due to fever since end of August. The deaths in Mathura were not attributed to dengue.
In West Bengal, cases of fever and respiratory illness have been reported in around 1,200 children in the last week with at least 2 deaths. Some samples have returned positive for Respiratory Syncytial virus (RS virus) and influenza-B virus with one case of COVID-19 also detected, as per state health officials. Officials have said that there is no “specific outbreak” in the state and the case numbers are less than previous years.
Bihar reported 14 deaths suspected to be respiratory pneumonia. With the rise in cases of high fever among children, paediatric wards of Patna’s leading hospitals are reportedly filled to capacity. State health officials say that there is no cause for panic as the state sees cases of pneumonia every year. However, the cases have been reported slightly early this year, the officials said.
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