Doctors and medical experts are of the opinion that viral infections and vector-borne diseases are on an upward trajectory in the city, as evidenced by cases of influenza A, B, H3N2, dengue and respiratory tract infections recorded across city hospitals.

Many leading hospitals reported an upsurge in cases of flu, especially in the last two weeks of September.

Doctors said that given the common symptoms for multiple influenza and infections, it was becoming difficult to identify dengue cases.

"There has been a recent rise in dengue and influenza cases. Most of the patients are coming with symptoms of fever, myalgias and rash. Consult a doctor if the fever goes beyond 3-5 days and get necessary blood tests done to avoid complications. Also, influenza, in severe cases, can cause pneumonia and

respiratory failure. Therefore, getting an influenza vaccine every year is the best way to reduce the risk."

The second leading cause of illness, after viral fever, was a rise in respiratory tract infections, doctors said, with those who were earlier diagnosed Covid-19 positive suffering the most.

Doctors also stressed that those with dengue and respiratory tract infections needed admission and intensive care, in cases where comorbid conditions existed.

 "People need not panic even if they get infected with dengue unless there is a bleeding manifestation, such as nose or gum bleeding. Also, there is no need to rush for platelet transfusion even if the count reaches 50,000. Only when the count goes down to 10,000 does a patient need a transfusion."

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