Doctor dies of dengue, 9th death in city this year

A 37-year-old doctor from Sasane Nagar at Hadapsar, Dr Samir Khanduji Borate, died of dengue-related multi-organ-failure and shock syndrome on Sunday. A statement by Dr S T Pardeshi, acting chief medical officer of Pune Municipal Corporation said he died at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital.

This is the 9th death dengue death in Pune this year.

According to Deenanath doctors, Borate had severe infection that rapidly led to multi-organ-failure. There is no definitive anti-viral treatment for dengue and patients have to be on multi-organ support in the intensive care unit. However he had a severe infection and soon went into dengue-shock-syndrome, Pardeshi said. He had symptoms from November 28 but did not respond to treatment.

There were 31 dengue infection cases in August, 137 in September, 270 in October and 441 in November, according to PMC communicable diseases department. Seven new cases were reported on Monday. Pardeshi said with the cold weather setting in, transmission would dip.

Pardeshi said that civic health staff has undertaken the survey of the area of Dr Borate;s house. "The civic team visited the residence and carried out fumigation of the house and the nearby areas," he said adding that the same would be done at the clinic run by the doctor in Chandannagar.

Pardeshi said the civic body is closely monitoring dengue cases and initiating steps to avoid its spread.

The doctor who also suffered from diabetes and obesity had initially taken medication for symptoms like fever and bodyache on November 28. When his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Sahyadri Hospital where he developed breathlessness, hypotension, and low urine output. He was shifted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. He had resistant hypotension and shock despite aggressive multi-organ supports including 3-high dose pressors, fluids, ventilation, blood components and other intensive care, doctors said.

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