Stomach bug strikes, lays Kolkata low – Times of India

Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Thousands across the city have been laid low by stomach bugs that have been triggering diarrhoea-like symptoms which are turning severe in some cases. Even as the mercury has often been shooting past the 35 degree Celsius-mark since last week, many have been suffering from nausea with loose motion and vomiting.
With a sudden surge in mercury, people have ceased to be cautious about the water they drink, said medics. “Viruses like adenovirus get activated with temperature and humidity rise and attack the stomach. They are water-borne and are easily transported through unhygienic water and food. So, one needs to be very careful about what one drinks and avoid food which remain exposed for a long time,” said Peerless Hospital clinical research director Subhrojyoti Bhowmick.
The receding fear of Covid and relaxation of curbs have also made many careless about the water they drink, said Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education & Research (IPGMER) professor Diptendra Sarkar. “With people returning to work and business, the need to drink water on the road has gone up. Unfortunately, potable water is not available everywhere which is helping the spread of viruses and bacteria,” he said.
Senior medical practitioner Anup Maiti said people need to ensure that they consume cooked food immediately after taking it out of refrigerators. “Even a little exposure to this heat will lead to bacterial and fungal infections in the food. Secondly, unlike in winter, we tend to drink a lot of water outside which may not be safe,” said Maiti.
Advocate Kumarjit Das had to be hospitalized with acute abdominal pain, high fever and dehydration. “I had to be put on medication and IV fluids. I returned home on Monday morning. I underwent several tests but luckily there were no major concerns,” said Das.
Viral enteritis or an intestinal infection marked by nausea, fever, vomiting and stomach cramps has also affected thousands, predominantly kids between five and 12 years, in last two weeks.
A range of viruses including norovirus and rotavirus trigger viral enteritis. While kids are now compulsorily vaccinated against rotavirus, it has multiple strains which remain unchecked. The result has been quite calamitous this time, said Shantanu Ray, paediatrician. He added that the infection has been spreading mainly through unhygienic water and poor hand hygiene.