5 DISEASES WE NEED TO BRACE FOR THIS RAINY SEASON

Mosquito-borne diseases

  • These illnesses can cause a range of symptoms like high-grade fever, vomiting, joint pains, fatigue, diarrhoea, etc.
  • Dengue and chikungunya can cause low platelet counts and long term complications such as chronic joint pain while the liver can take a hit in malarial infections.

Common cold and flu

Cholera

  • The major symptom seen in a cholera infection is severe watery diarrhoea, which may lead to dehydration and even death if not treated right away.
  • Other symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle cramps, etc.
  • Cholera outbreaks in a community can be rampant especially when the members share a common contaminated water source.

Typhoid

  • Typhoid can cause symptoms such as high fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc.
  • Although typhoid vaccinations play a large role in preventing the illness, stronger strains of the virus can still cause an outbreak.

Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis A causes symptoms such as fever, lethargy, vomiting, abdominal pain and loss in appetite.
  • Most importantly, it can lead to jaundice- yellowish discolouration of the whites of the eyes, the skin, as well as dark coloured urine are some of the common symptoms of Hepatitis A.
  • Hep A can be prevented using vaccines, and the infection resolves in a few weeks or months.

Monsoon & COVID-19: Should we be worried?

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