Late surge in dengue cases; Kolkata records five deaths so far | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: A late spurt in the number of dengue patients across the city has led to a festival season scare. Several private hospitals have reported a surge in dengue positive cases since late September and the flow of patients continues, which indicates that the virus – which has resulted in five deaths in Kolkata so far – remains active. Even though the symptoms of the virus have been largely ‘muted and manageable’ this year, several cases of ‘expanded dengue syndrome’ – a severe manifestation of the viral attack that affects vital organs including the brain – have been reported from hospitals over the last fortnight, according to doctors.
Belle Vue Clinic – which recorded several dengue deaths during the 2017 outbreak – has 22 patients now. There has been a fresh spurt, though the numbers have been far less than the last two years, said CEO P Tondon. “It’s been almost half of what it had been last year. But there has been a late surge and the number of patients has steadily climbed over the last two weeks. But thankfully, none of our patients are serious, which is again a departure from the last couple of years’ trend,” said Tondon.

Several patients at Belle Vue were found to be afflicted by the ‘expanded dengue syndrome’ over the last two-three weeks. “This is a severe manifestation but doesn’t lead to haemorrhage or platelet drop. Instead, it affects organs like the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs or the brain. This time, we got several such dengue patients including a couple with cerebral manifestation. They suffered from anxiety, tension, depression and general nervousness even after recovering from the viral attack. But extended dengue syndrome gets more serious if the heart or liver is affected,” said Belle Vue critical care consultant Rahul Jain. He added that the Puja congregations have helped to transmit the virus quickly.
Last month, Fortis Hospital received 37 dengue patients. At present, the hospital has seven patients, though none was serious. The frequent spells of shower before the Puja might have helped the fresh spurt, felt internal medicine consultant at Fortis Joydeep Ghosh. “There has been a steady flow of dengue patients since the last week of September. It has continued through the Puja and going by the numbers, it seems that the virus will remain active for at least a month more,” said Biswas.
Another private hospital off EM Bypass said it has a substantial number of dengue patients now. “We can’t disclose the exact number but there has been a steady flow of dengue patients since late-September and it continued through the Puja,” said a hospital spokesperson.





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