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Dengue scare affects platelet availability in city

With dengue scare gripping the city and people rushing to secure platelets, stocks at several blood banks in city hospitals have gone down even as health officials stressed that transfusion is not necessary in all cases.

In view of the situation, health department and civic body officials on Sunday urged people not to panic, stating that platelet transfusion plays a limited role in managing dengue and is not necessary in all cases.

"Platelet transfusion plays a limited role in management of dengue fever and thus is not necessary in all cases. People contracting dengue do not need to panic as in initial stages a patient needs fluid management. All dengue patients do not need blood or platelets. If there are no bleeding manifestations, in terms of bleeding from nose, gums, mouth, under the skin, or in the vomit, urine or stool, even if one's platelets fall up to 20,000 the person should not panic," said a Health department official.
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