Dengue is not the only condition affecting people in Delhi. According to reports other viral and bacterial infections are also affecting patients. But what makes this situation more grave is the fact that these infections are mimicking dengue, making it tougher for doctors to treat patients in a timely fashion.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Dr Chand Vattal, chairperson of the microbiology department, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, ‘Bacterial diseases are increasing this year. Besides dengue, there are several other diseases with symptoms similar to dengue. For instance, all sepsis or blood infections cause a fall in platelets, and these might be confused with dengue till further tests and examinations are conducted. Also, several patients with complaints of dengue turn out to be suffering from bacterial diseases like typhoid or E.coli. ‘
‘The initial symptoms are similar to dengue, which causes confusion.’ said Dr Lalit Dar, professor of microbiology at AIIMS. ‘There has been a conspicuous increase in dengue cases this year. However, there are patients with common seasonal diseases like malaria and typhoid…which occur every year during the monsoons.’ He added.
But apart from suffereing from one infection alone, there have been cases where patients have suffered from co-infections or conditions where a person suffers from two infections simultaneously.
According to Dr Chatterjee or Apollo Hospital, ‘Co-infections are reported by 8-10 per cent of patients. This is a common phenomenon. This year, because of the dengue outbreak, we are following the first line of testing and treatment for all patients with suspected dengue and treating them accordingly. But if the test results don’t match, we begin other tests. When other diseases like typhoid or malaria are diagnosed, we treat patients accordingly.’
Source- The Health Site