Swine flu in Delhi: Disease causing fear in city, 1000 effected within weeks

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Around 100 fresh cases of swine flu has been recorded in the National Capital till Thursday, pushing the tally to 1196 in this particular year, according to directorate of health services. Last year there were 205 cases recorded and 2 deaths. Till January 29, 512 cases had been recorded, but this week evidenced a rise in distress of swine flu.

This virus was first discovered in pigs and hence its called swine flu, later research proved that humans can also be infected by this virus. A government official in his statement made it clear that all the government hospitals are equipped with the necessary logistics to tackle the influenza A (H1N1). The Directorate of Education has issued an advisory to all schools in the National Capital.

The Delhi government had not reported any deaths due to the flu, but it recorded one death of a Delhi resident .However, two central government operated hospitals have reported 13 deaths due to swine flu this year. According to senior officials at Safdarjung Hospital, three deaths due to swine flu have been recorded this season, while the RML Hospital holds account of 10 fatalities. The death tally is still awaiting confirmation and precision from the Delhi government.

Delhi HC Issues Circular On Dos And Don'ts for swine flu
Delhi HC Issues Circular On Dos And Don’ts for swine flu

The symptoms of swine flu includes, fever, cough, sore-throat, stuffy-nose, difficulty in breathing. It might also result in severe body ache, headache, fatigue, chill, diarrhoea, vomiting and blood-stained sputum, according to  the advisory, released in English and Hindi.

It is to be noted that it is a highly self-limiting, viral, airborne disease and can transmit person to person through hugging, kissing, handshaking, droplets generated by coughs and sneeze, touching a contaminated object etc.

The advisory also stated that pregnant women, adults aged 65 and above ,children with mild illness but with predisposed risk factors , patients with lung, kidney, heart and liver disease become easy victim. Also people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, neurological disorders fall in the high risk groups.

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