Stomach Flu Cases on the Rise in Delhi

Delhi is experiencing a rise in stomach flu cases, with a reported 20-30% increase in patients exhibiting symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

  • Surge in Cases: Doctors in Delhi have reported a 20-30% increase in patients with stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
  • Self-Limiting Illness: While the illness can be unpleasant, it usually resolves within a few days and doesn’t require antibiotics. However, proper hydration is crucial.
  • Prevention is Key: Frequent handwashing, maintaining hygiene, and avoiding close contact with sick individuals are essential to prevent the spread of the virus. People with weakened immune systems and pre-existing conditions should be especially cautious.

Doctors in Delhi are reporting a significant rise in stomach flu cases, with estimates suggesting a 20-30% increase in patients experiencing symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This illness, also known as viral gastroenteritis, is highly contagious and spreads through contaminated food or water, close contact with infected individuals, or poor hygiene.

While the symptoms can be unpleasant, they are usually self-limiting and resolve within a few days. Doctors advise against taking antibiotics, as they are ineffective against viruses. Proper hydration is crucial during this time to prevent dehydration, a potential complication, especially for young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

“In recent days, there has been a noticeable increase in patients coming to us in OPDs for cases such as flu, diarrhoea, viral fever, etc., which is estimated to be between 20 per cent to 30 per cent higher,” Dr. Vandana Garg, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Max Hospital, Vaishali, told IANS.

To prevent the spread of the virus, doctors emphasize the importance of frequent handwashing, maintaining good hygiene, avoiding crowded places, wearing masks, and avoiding close contact with sick individuals. Individuals with pre-existing health conditions and those with recent travel history should be extra cautious.