Kathmandu, December 9
The number of viral fever patients has been increasing in Kathmandu Valley of late. Patients have been visiting hospitals with influenza like illness.
“Among patients visiting the hospital, 80 per cent are found to have been suffering from viral fever,” said Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, clinical research unit co-ordinator at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku.
The hospital has been witnessing an increase in the number of viral fever patients since November. “Patients are visiting the hospital complaining of sore throat, headache, fever, cough and cold. Some of them also complain of breathing difficulty. Cases of H3N2, H1N1 and influenza A, B and C virus are still being reported in the Valley,” said Dr Pun adding that viral fever was seen during the onset of summer and winter season.
“Young people are infected because of their mobility, but elderly and children are the most affected. Those who are already suffering from respiratory and chronic diseases are under the risk of being infected. The infection is easily transmitted to elderly people and it is difficult to treat them,” added the doctor.
Viral infection transmits from one to the other through direct contact with infected individuals, contact with contaminated objects such as toys, doorknob, and inhalation of virus-laden air, dust and other fine particles.
The doctor has advised people to maintain healthy habits to prevent transmission. “If someone suffers from infection, then s/he should remain indoors. Touching of nose and eyes must be avoided ,” said the doctor. He also advised people to wash hands immediately after returning home from outside. “One shouldn’t touch anything until s/he has washed his/her hand,” added the doctor. Dr Pun advised people to wash hands with soap and water, take rest and drink hot soups.
A version of this article appears in print on December 10, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.