Dengue sus­pected in Go­vandi cop’s death

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sadaguru Pan­dit sadaguru.pan­dit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 48-year-old po­lice­man at­tached to the Go­vandi po­lice sta­tion died of a dengue-like fever on Tues­day night.

Doc­tors treat­ing the po­lice­man said it could not be con­firmed as dengue as only one of two tests that con­firm the dis­ease came back pos­i­tive.

This is the sec­ond death from sim­i­lar symp­toms in a week, af­ter the death of a JJ Hos­pi­tal doc­tor with sim­i­lar symp­toms, that is baf­fling spe­cial­ists

Doc­tors treat­ing the po­lice­man, Prakash Patil, said he tested neg­a­tive for the ELISA test, but his NS1 tests – which helps de­tect dengue rapidly – came back pos­i­tive.

Af­ter the NS1 re­sults came back pos­i­tive at San­ji­vani Hos­pi­tal, he was moved to MGM Hos­pi­tal in Vashi on Septem­ber 26. Doc­tors at the hos­pi­tal said his platelet count dropped steadily from 98,000 to 32,000 and he was put on ven­ti­la­tor sup­port im­me­di­ately.

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