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Times of India
23 July 2010
Bangalore, India

30–Year–Old Is Latest Victim
Beware! Killer Dengue is Back
Dengue menace is assuming dangerous dimensions in the city. On Thursday, Umavathi, 30, who was admitted with bleeding and fever on July 20 at Gayathri Hospital in Vijaynagar, succumbed to the fever. Her blood platelet count dropped soon after she was admitted. Dr Sunil Mallesh, managing director, Gayathri Hospital, said it’s the second death at the hospital. “We treated at least 100 dengue patients this year. The main issue is platelets– most patients have a very low count,”he said.

Medical superintendent of Victoria Hospital, Dr B G Tilak, said: “The number of dengue patients is also high.” “Bowring Hospital gets at least two to three dengue patients every day,”confirmed Dr Satish Chandra, medical superintendent. K C General Hospital doctors witness six patients with dengue symptoms daily.

Mark These Symptoms
Chikungunya: High fever, joint pain
Dengue: High fever, backache, muscle and joint pain, pain behind the eyes, headache Viral fever: High fever, cold, sore throat, bodyache

Caution
Avoid dehydration; drink plenty of fluids HOW TO PREVENT Control mosquito breeding Maintain hygienic conditions in your surroundings Clean water tank regularly and avoid indoor plants FACT The aedes mosquito transmits dengue and chikungunya during the day. So adequate precautions need to be taken

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