Swine flu no more a seasonal infection, say doctors
RAVINDER SINGH MALIK/ WAMIL VASHIST
Swine flu, believed to have crept its way during the summer of 2009 engulfing umpteen numbers of victims globally, is no more a seasonal virus infected influenza. Doctors say the bolstering of the virulence (severity in medical terms) of this virus is the prime reason behind the change in the nature of the virus. As, both, Punjab and Haryana have sounded alert medical experts feel that ignorance about the symptoms and inadequate care thereafter have been helping the virus to spread and cause alarm. Additional chief secretary (Health) Satish Chandra said in January itself five cases had been reported in the state while 12 cases came up in December 2018. He said adequate medicines had been made available in all hospitals in the state and medical test teams in the government medical college hospitals in Amritsar and Patiala geared up adequately to difuse the challenge. He said there was no need for panic but adequate precautions must be taken by the people. It is pertinent to mention that the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) witnessed nearly 40 per cent cases of swine flu in the winter season. Ever since 2009, swine flu, an infection caused by any strain of the influenza family of viruses and communicable in nature, has firmed its grip especially on patients already suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, lung and kidney infections and heart diseases etc. In Haryana, a total number of 51 cases have been reported over the year, while Hisar has topped the list with 23 patients followed by Bhiwani with 10 cases. experts assert that the list of districts with maximum patients also included Fatehabad, Jind and Faridabad
ion of the nature of the virus over the years, the experts maintain that the subsistence of the virus is not just limited during the transitional period between two seasons, but has extended its ambit throughout the seasonal cycle. However, specialists assert that the public should not panic, and consider it just like a normal flu. “Usually people tend to undergo various costly tests due to unwanted fear or anxiety resulting in less scope for the person actually suffering from it. It shall be avoided and proper awareness about the nature of symptoms should be analysed before any conclusion,” said a senior faculty from the Department of Virology, PGIMER. PGI data revealed that a total number of 26 swine flu cases have been reported in institute during last year. Punjab has topped the list with 16 cases of swine flu followed by Haryana and Himachal with 4 and 3 cases respectively. Besides, the PGI witnessed 10 deaths of patients from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. In view of a study about the trend of deaths due to swine flu, the experts assert that a detailed investigation should be conducted considering the detailed history and medical background of the patient to conclude the reason and trend about the impact of the virus on a human body. As per the experts, pregnant women, children under five years of age and senior citizens are more prone to this infection. General symptoms of swine flu include cold, high fever, cough, body ache, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, breathlessness, running nose and diarrhoea etc.
Symptoms of H1N1 swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Many people with swine flu have had diarrhoea and vomiting.
Stay home if you’re sick. If you have swine flu (H1N1 flu), you can give it to others. …
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. …
Contain your coughs and sneezes. …
Avoid contact. …
Reduce exposure within your household.
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