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Updated: 03/26/2013 04:11 | By Channel NewsAsia

Doctors see more patients due to warmer weather

Doctors see more patients due to warmer weather


Doctors see more patients due to warmer weather

SINGAPORE: Doctors said they have seen a 10 per cent increase in patients over the past week, and this could be due to the recent spate of hot weather.

The MET Service said the warmer temperature in the past few days is typical during this time of the year due to monsoon transitions.

A doctor from an Accident and Emergency Department whom Channel NewsAsia spoke with said he has seen more people come in due to heat exhaustion.

A family physician added that flu and sore throat cases are more common this month, compared to previous years when they were seen in January and February.

Senior family physician at Healthway Tampines Clinic, Dr Philip Koh said: "It seems like the flu epidemic is now being pushed backwards. Also in previous years, we do have another spike of flu and flu infections maybe in April or May when the weather gets warmer. But it looks like lately the rainy season seems to have stopped, and the weather has become much hotter."

— CNA/ck

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