Hyderabad: Nearly seventeen lakh people in the undivided Andhra Pradesh suffered from fevers with unknown origin last year. According to the report the number is only from government hospitals and private hospitals do not report these fever. These fevers could not be diagnosed with existing tests, leading doctors, scientists and virologists to look into emerging viruses.
The officials like Dr.M.Radha Krishna are on Emerging and Re-emerging viral outbreaks in India at the national institute of chemical Technology. “While we have the national institute of Virology in pune, there is a need to develop many more centers’ so that new viruses found in a particular region at a particular time can be studied and diagnosis can be done.” And the mechanism within the existing set-up where they could network on the new virus.
“There has been a huge rise, but that does not mean that it is not treated. And it requires strong medicines and sometime it requires only proper rest and diet. There are different strains but we are not sure what is the reason for the fever” said Dr Nagendra of the department of general medicine at Gandhi Hospital. And the doctors and scientists are trying to understand what causes the fever, whether it attacks the blood stream.
The problem is that different viruses have life spans ranging from 30 seconds to 70 days. Rate of transmission depends on the weather, wind movement and flora and fauna. With large-scale deforestation, scientists are of the opinion that the virus cycle in flora and fauna has been disturbed and they are looking for new hosts, and have turned to humans.