BENGALURU: According to doctors, the cold weather in the city has led to an increase in the cases of viral fever and respiratory infections. People who are battling with diabetes, cardiac issues and asthma are the worst affected, said Dr Jyothsna.
Drop in temperature leads to increase in respiratory infections
Krishnappa, who is a senior consultant, for internal medicine, at the Apollo Hospitals, added that out of the 25 cases in the outpatient department (OPD) in the past one week, over 10 were related to respiratory infections. “Cases of viral fever and respiratory infections have seen a 30 per cent increase,” she said.
H1N1 adding to woes Doctors said H1N1 has also added to the flu burden. “While the number of H1N1 cases in previous years had come down by the latter half of winter, this year, the virus is still active,” said Dr Jyothsna.
In 2018, Karnataka had recorded 1,733 cases of H1N1 with 74 deaths. On the 1st January 2019, 21 positive cases have been reported. At RGICD, 3-4 cases of the H1N1 are treated every day. “The severity of cases has reduced as compared to previous months. But the infection is still affecting people,” said Dr Nagaraj.