The rainy season certainly gives some relief from hot waves of the summer season but with rains, there is an increase in the number of cases of dengue and malaria as well. Both these diseases are caused because of mosquitoes but still it is impossible to get infected with both the diseases at the same time.
However, a 14 yrs old boy from Kurla, Mumbai lost his life after he was found infected with dengue, malaria and leptospirosis. What is more shocking is the fact that despite suffering from three monsoon diseases, the family preferred to get him treated by a faith healer for around a week. When the faith healer was not able to cure the boy, the family admitted him in Kasturba hospital on 14 August 2023. The boy was suffering from fever and jaundice at that time and when the medical team conducted tests, they were surprised to see that he was suffering from dengue and malaria both. What left the medical team in a state of shock was when an additional test revealed that the boy was also suffering from leptospirosis.
The boy was shifted to Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central after his condition deteriorated and he started developing breathing difficulties. He was on a ventilator in the ICU but he passed away in three days.
Dr Girish Rajadhyaksha, professor and unit head of medicine, stated in this regard, “It’s not impossible to be infected by all three simultaneously, but it is an extremely rare occurrence,” and he added that in his whole career, he has seen only 2-3 cases of such concurrent triple infections.
We request our readers to be careful and make no delay in taking medical help if you are not feeling well.