West Bengal regarding the spread of adenovirus seems to be concerning

The situation in West Bengal regarding the spread of adenovirus seems to be concerning. Four more child deaths have been reported from a Kolkata hospital, and though it is yet to be confirmed whether the deaths were caused by adenovirus, all four children were admitted with virus-related symptoms.

The official figure for adenovirus-related deaths in the state stands at 19, out of which six have been confirmed cases of the virus, according to the state Health Department.

However, unofficial sources quote a much higher death figure of 147 with related symptoms since the beginning of January, with 75 of them reported from the B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital.

A recent survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) has revealed that West Bengal has the highest number of swab samples that have been tested adenovirus-positive in the country since January 1, accounting for 38% of all cases.

The common symptoms of adenovirus are flu-like ones, cold, fever, breathing problems, sore throat, pneumonia, and acute bronchitis, with children two years of age and below being the most vulnerable to the virus.

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