Bengaluru: The early onset of summer and soaring temperatures have triggered a them a fresh bout of viral infections, with hospitals in the city reporting nearly a 15% increase in such cases in the last couple of days.
The warm weather is causing flu-like respiratory and food-related infections, taking a toll on the health of Bengalureans.
On the impact of high temperatures, Dr Mahesh Kumar, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Health City, said, “Climatic changes challenge our immune system and trigger various illnesses. However, the early onset of summer and high temperature seems to be affecting our health.”
He said that the pattern of temperature also seems to be impacting our health. “The nights are cooler and the days are extremely hot, making it difficult for the body to adjust. There is an increase in the number of patients suffering from conditions like influenza and viral respiratory infections, like bronchitis, and other food and water-borne infections,” said Dr Kumar.
Dr Bhaskar Shenoy, Head of Department, Paediatrics, Manipal Hospital, said, “We are seeing a sharp increase in the number of cases and more than 50 viral fever patients are being reported every day. Children too are falling prey to such infections. Children, not responding easily to conventional antipyretics, are coming with high fever.”
Experts said that the intensity and severity of infections seem to be more this year. “Majority of these issues can be tackled by improving our body’s immunity, exercise, healthy diet and preventive measures,” they said.