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Sadaguru Pandit, Mumbai: Doctors across the city, who have reported a spurt in the number of pregnant women
undergoing treatment for suspected dengue fever, have cautioned women to take precautions against the disease to avoid complications during childbirth.
Private and public hospitals in the city are treating around 15-20 woman suffering from suspected dengue fever at different stages of their pregnancy trimesters.
Doctors said that while the number of pregnant woman undergoing treatment for dengue fever is almost the same as last year, they are worried that the number of cases could increase after the recent long spell of rainfall. One pregnant woman died of dengue last year, said officials.
Dr Wiqar Shaikh, head of the department, internal medicine at Sir JJ Hospital in Byculla said that they are running a 24-hour emergency Out Patient Department to attend to the large number of patients with suspected dengue fever. “A large number of young patients and pregnant woman are undergoing treatment and our medicine ward is almost occupied by fever patients. The primary reason could be the mutation of the strain, which has become genetically stronger,” said Shaikh.
Doctors from Sion Hospital said that they have admitted at least three women last week with low platelet count and high blood pressure. These women tested positive for IgM and IgG tests – preliminary test for dengue – and are awaiting the results of the ELISA tests – an advanced diagnosis tool. Childbirth in women with dengue is a risk because of low platelet counts and high blood pressure.
“A number of women, at various stages of pregnancy are undergoing treatment for acute fever, but haven’t yet tested positive for ELISA tests. Considering the complications involved in childbirth owing to the prevalence of dengue fever, their blood pressure is regularly monitored,” said Dr ND Moulik, head of department, internal medicine at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion.
38 Cases reported in last week
160 Confirmed dengue fever cases from January to September 15
2,058 Suspected dengue fever cases from January to September 15
3 Dengue-related deaths have taken place so far this year