Long viral fever baffles doctors, many patients end up in ICU, Health News, ET HealthWorld

HYDERABAD: Doctors in the city are baffled as patients with viral fever are landing in intensive care unit (ICU), a never-seen-before scenario.

The recovery time taken for most viral and vector-borne diseases has increased by 2 to 5 days as well, increasing hospital visits and use of antibiotics to treat viral fevers and hospitalizations.

While doctors struggle to understand the exact reason behind the development, they indicate that it could be due to a different reaction to the viruses after a long period of staying at home and away from viruses, seasonal changes, dip in general immunity levels or a possible change in strains.

“Earlier, viral fevers used to last for 1 to 2 days and then people would recover on their own. We used to see patients coming with high grade fever and testing dengue positive but now these cases are testing negative for dengue, malaria and still not recovering for 4 for 5 days. The recovery is not only slow but also after recovering they are becoming weak and dehydrated in case of all kinds of viral fevers, many a times requiring admission. Also, influenza and dengue patients are taking longer than earlier to recover. In dengue there

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