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The Delhi government will soon announce a magisterial inquiry into the 7-year-old Avinash Rout’s death considering the outrage that broke out after the same, according to reports.

Rout family. Photo Credit: http://indianexpress.com
Rout family. Photo Credit: http://indianexpress.com

The boy died of dengue this week after being denied admission to five hospitals in the city. He was admitted to a hospital in Tughlakabad later where he died on the 8th of September.

After cremating Avinash’s body, his parents jumped off the terrace of a four storey building.

According to relatives and friends, the government would be looking into the CCTV footage of the hospitals wherein Avinash was rejected medical help. Avinash was refused admission on September 7 to five hospitals.

A senior official said, “On Saturday, the government took Avinash’s treatment record from Batra hospital. The 50-page record also includes a case history from his treating doctor. It stated that the family had been referred from five private hospitals and mentioned their names. This is based on what the parents told doctors while admitting their son,” as quoted in the leading daily.

He further added that show-cause notices were issued to the hospitals only after the records were thoroughly checked.

The five hospitals — Moolchand, Max Saket, Akash hospital, Irene hospital, and Saket City hospital — were issued show-cause notices on Saturday seeking the reasons as to why the registration of the aforementioned hospitals should not be cancelled said the director of health services Sunil Bhatnagar.

The notice also asked as to why the hospital refuted the Delhi government’s order on August 28 to not deny admission to any dengue patient on account of lack of beds.

According to sources after Avinash’s treatment records will be looked over by the top Delhi government officials, matters of the probe would be submitted for a magisterial inquiry.

Max and Saket City hospitals said Avinash had not been treated in their emergency wards. “The CCTV footage will be the only way to corroborate these claims. Since the parents are dead, we will have to contact friends and relatives. This might be possible only under a magisterial probe,” explained the official, as quoted in a leading daily.

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Skin Cream Used To Treat Warts, Skin Cancer May Help in Fighting Against Dengue, Zika Viruses

By boosting the immune system and not targeting a specific virus, this strategy has the potential to be a 'silver bullet' for a wide range of distinct mosquito-borne viral diseases

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A study shows that a clinically approved, widely used skin cream has the potential to be repurposed as a valuable protector against insect-borne diseases. Pixabay

A skin cream used to treat warts and skin cancer could help protect people against viral diseases such as Zika and dengue, according to new study.

The cream, called imiquimod or Aldara, is commonly used to treat genital warts and some forms of skin cancer.

“This study shows that a clinically approved, widely used skin cream has the potential to be repurposed as a valuable protector against insect-borne diseases,” said study lead author Clive McKimmie, from the University of Leeds in UK.

For the findings, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers studied four types of virus transmitted by mosquitos and found that applying a cream within an hour of a mosquito bite dramatically reduced infection rates in their models.

They used two different models to understand the effect of the skin cream – human skin samples and mice. In both cases, applying the skin cream acted like a warning signal which caused a rapid activation of the skin’s immune response that fights any potential viral threats. This prevented the virus from spreading around the body and causing disease.

“What is especially encouraging about our results is that the cream was effective against a number of distinct viruses, without needing to be targeted to one particular virus,” McKimmie said. “If this strategy can be developed into a treatment option then we might be able to use it to tackle a wide range of new emerging diseases that we have not yet encountered,” McKimmie added.

There are hundreds of viruses spread by biting mosquitoes which can infect humans. These include the dengue virus, West Nile virus, Zika virus and chikungunya virus, which have all had large outbreaks in recent years. At present, there are no anti-viral medicines and few vaccines to help combat these infections.

According to the researchers, when a mosquito bites the skin, the body reacts in a very specific way to try and mitigate the physical trauma of the skin being punctured. The bite causes a wound healing repair mechanism to begin, however, the skin does not prepare itself to respond to viral attack. This means mosquito-borne viruses that enter the skin through a bite are able to replicate quickly with little anti-viral response in the skin and then spread throughout the body, the study said.

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A skin cream used to treat warts and skin cancer could help protect people against viral diseases such as Zika and dengue, according to new study. Pixabay

By applying skin cream after a bite, researchers found that they could pre-emptively activate the immune system’s inflammatory response before the virus becomes a problem. The cream encouraged a type of immune cell in the skin, called a macrophage, to suddenly spring into action to fight off the virus before it could spread around the body.

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“By boosting the immune system and not targeting a specific virus, this strategy has the potential to be a ‘silver bullet’ for a wide range of distinct mosquito-borne viral diseases,” said study co-author Steven Bryden. (IANS)