Delhi in grip of swine flu, 103 fresh cases recorded

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NEW DELHI: According to the report from the officials, over 100 fresh cases of swine flu were recorded in Delhi on Thursday.

 

"Delhi is in grip of swine flu. Today, 103 fresh cases were recorded," the official said.

According to a report of the Directorate General of Health Services, the death toll due to swine flu in Delhi this year stands at six till Wednesday, 1,093 had been affected by the disease in the city this season.

The six persons, who have died of swine flu this year, one belonged to Delhi, while the rest were residents of other cities.

The DGHS report had also mentioned the deaths of five more persons from co-morbidity.

Amid the mounting cases of the H1N1 infections in the city, the Delhi government on Wednesday had issued a health advisory, prescribing the do's and don'ts.

Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease spread from person-to-person, through large droplets generated through coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface (fomite transmission like telephone, cell phones, computers, door handles, doorbells, pens, toys etc) and close contact (including handshaking, hugging, kissing).

The symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms may include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhoea and vomiting and blood-stained sputum.

There are three categories of H1N1 influenza-A, B and C.

"No Oseltamivir (medicine) and testing are required for category A patients. They should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing up with public and high-risk members in the family," the advisory said.

All the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, if a patient has a high-grade fever and severe sore throat, he or she may require home isolation and Oseltamivir.

All the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, individuals having one or more of the high-risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir.

According to the report from the advisory, high-risk group includes, children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged 65 years or older, patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS, or those on long-term cortisone therapy.

If the patient has one or more danger signs, like breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discolouration of nails, then these patients (under category C) require testing, immediate hospitalisation and treatment.

The advisory also asked people to avoid crowded places in the swine flu season and stay more than an arm's length distance away from persons sick with flu.

 

With inputs from PTI

 

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