Experts warn over winter illness

15 November 2011 10:26

Medical experts warned travellers in India with health problems to be careful and avoid crowds this winter after a rise in viral infection

Medical experts warned travellers in India with health problems to be careful and avoid crowds this winter after a rise in viral infection

Medical experts have warned people with diabetes, asthma and heart disease on holiday in India to be more careful as the mixed winter weather and increase in festive shoppers will create "perfect" conditions for the spread of viral infection.

Chest physician Nitin Abhyankar said that the elderly and those with health problems are at risk this winter as cases of viral fever and upper respiratory tract infection are on the rise in and around the city of Pune.

And asthma sufferers heading to the city this December may want to double check their medical travel insurance before setting off.

This comes after doctors have said that the weather variation in day and night temperatures during winter is ideal for bacterial growth and transmission of viral infection.

They suggest that washing hands frequently and avoiding crowded places could help to avoid illness.

But they urge those who experience a sore throat and fever for more than 48 hours to see a physician.

Physician Prakash Joshi of Joshi Hospital said: "We are experiencing all the three seasons these days. In the morning, it is winter, afternoons are summer-like and it rains in the evening. This wide fluctuation in temperatures acts as boosters for growth of organisms. In addition, the festive crowd is on the roads, hence transmission or person-to-person spread of infection has become very easy."

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