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As mercury spikes, so do gastro cases

DNAHM127781 | 5/2/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :403 | Health

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Gastroenteritis cases being reported this month almost double compared to 2017; Seniors, kids at higher risk

Data shared by 108 emergency service suggests that this summer heat related cases have been on the rise both in the city and the state. In Ahmedabad alone the cases of gastroenteritis and dehydration two of the most commonly reported cases during summer increased from 198 in March to 328 in April, this year. The cases have also doubled since 2017. Against just 170 cases, the number has surged to 328 cases in 2019. The overall number of calls being handled by the service has also seen a surge from 4,545 in the year 2017 to 5,137 in 2019 for the month of April.
It should be noted that despite a spell of rain, the city has seen at least two heat waves this month.
Dr Vivek Dave, a critical care specialist with Narayana Multispecia
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