Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Swine flu outbreak kills 76 in Indian state of Rajasthan

A female patient in a hospital Mystery Virus Believed Similar to Swine Flu Kills Dozens in IndiaCC0
Gustavo Carr | 02 February, 2019, 16:30

Amid the increasing panic among people, forward messages saying the disease can be helped by Himalaya's Septilin have resurfaced. The strain originated in pigs, but is now a human disease with symptoms similar to those of a seasonal flu. However, in August 2010, World Health Organization declared the pandemic over.

"There is sufficient stock of swine flu drug Oseltamivir and also there is no scarcity of N95 masks and diagnostic kits".

According to reports, as of January 29, 2019, over 600 people have been diagnosed with swine flu in Delhi.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has started vaccination of its medical and non medical staff against swine flu (H1N1) in wake of increasing number of cases and patients' admission in the hospital. Congress leader and six-time former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was diagnosed positive for swine flu, was discharged on Tuesday.

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Last year, Gandhi Hospital had recorded nine deaths from swine flu between January and November, while overall in the State, according to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, the deaths related to swine flu are 16 in 2018.

Delhi government also has issued an advisory in view of the rising cases of swine flu. RML is one of the hospitals designated by the centre government for treating the disease. No death has been reported due to the infection in the national capital so far, the data said. Gujarat has reported 659 cases and 27 deaths. There have been no reported deaths in Delhi so far.

Nationwide, 4,571 cases of H1N1 virus and 169 deaths were reported by January 27, according to NCDC data. Maharashtra has recorded 82 cases and 12 deaths till Monday. The number of cases is the highest reported in a single day this year.

Its symptoms included flu, cough, sore throat, fever, headache, body pain, diarrhea and vomiting, he said, adding some patients suffered from acute respiratory distress and needed ventilatory support.