The delayed monsoon this year had lead to a dip in vector-borne diseases but due the recent spell of rain the doctor’s foresee the possibility of surge in diseases like malaria and dengue.

The recent spell of rain in the capital has led to a spurt in viral infections, especially influenza, common cold and conjunctivitis. While vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue saw a dip this year due to the delayed monsoon, doctors now foresee a spike due to the rains.

Dr Atul Gogia, Associate Consultant (Medicine) at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, said that cooler temperatures cause viruses to grow, leading to diseases such as influenza.

“Now that the weather is cooler, there will be an automatic rise in flu cases. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, body ache and fatigue. We have seen a sudden rise in cases of respiratory infection,” he added.

Reports say that there has been a rise in the number of patients of viral fever, gastroenteritis, viral hepatitis and respiratory tract infections. Also there has been a sudden spurt in eye-infections, particularly conjunctivitis.

The data from municipal corporations states that dengue and malaria cases has not seen a rise and have been very less this year.

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