A clinico-hematological profile of Dengue Outbreak among Healthcare Professionals in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Ahmedabad with Analysis on Economic Impact
Abhinav Jain, Asha N Shah, Pinakin Patel, Mitali Desai, Shrikant Somani, Pallav Parikh, Roopesh Singhal, Dinesh Joshi.
"Introduction: There has been a recent surge of Dengue infections in India, with many outbreaks in urban areas. This study is the biggest documented in-hospital dengue fever outbreak among health care personnel in India.
Aims & objectives: To study the clinical and hematological profile of Dengue outbreak and its cost impact.
Materials & methods: 56 pa-tients from medical, dental and nursing fraternity with Dengue were studied. The cost of indoor treatment, investigations and loss of work were calculated. The cases were classified using the newer WHO Dengue classification (2009).
Results & discussion: The commonest symptom was fever followed by myalgia. The commonest sign was delayed capillary filling. The most common abnormalities that predict severity were raised hematocrit of >40% and a low platelet count of
Key words: Dengue, economic impact, haematology