Thanks to Ronan Kelly at FluTrackers for catching this Times of India story: Strange viral fever affects over 200 kids in Ahmedabad.
AHMEDABAD: Does your child have high fever with white patches on tongue and red rashes on the body? If yes, then he might be suffering from a strange viral fever that has raised its head in the city.
The city has reported 218 such cases in last two weeks. Since June 24, pediatrician Dr Mona Desai has seen 15 cases where kids aged between 3 and 5 were down with high fever ranging between 102 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
"There's a huge possibility of a strange fever that is causing strange symptoms. The fever was persistent for a week. Even if the fever subsides a bit, it strikes back after a few hours. This is quite baffling," Dr Desai said.
Pediatrician Dr Nidhish Nanavati has been examining almost 24 similar cases per day for the last one week. "I see 80 kids a day, of which 30% have such strange symptoms," Dr Nanavati told TOI.
He said: "The high fever and red rashes are mainly due to the sudden change in weather. The city witnessed heavy downpour last month and there has been a dry spell since then. As kids have a low immunity level, they become the first victims of viral fever. I saw several such cases last year as well."
Asarwa Civil Hospital has also received 20 strange viral fever cases in less than a fortnight. "In some cases, we had to straightaway put the patients on a drip," said Dr M M Prabhakar, medical superintendent, Civil Hospital.
Another pediatrician Dr Parag Parikh has seen 15 such cases over the past two weeks. "In all cases, the fever is so stubborn that it initially doesn't even respond to drugs. Kids drool everywhere, lose appetite and shed one to two kgs of weight."