Year’s sec­ond swine flu death re­ported in city

A to­tal of 31 cases have been re­ported till April 8 with the first death in Feb

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New Delhi: The na­tional cap­i­tal wit­nessed its sec­ond swine flu death of this year late last week, re­vealed a se­nior doc­tor at the Apollo hos­pi­tals. While the sec­ond death doesn’t fig­ure in the lat­est In­te­grated Dis­ease Sur­veil­lance Pro­gramme, a re­port pre­pared by the Min­istry of Health (the re­port has data till April 8), the to­tal num­ber of cases re­ported in Delhi so far this year is 31. The first death was in Fe­bru­ary. The in­crease in cases has seen hos­pi­tals open­ing iso­la­tion wards.

The na­tional Cap­i­tal wit­nessed its sec­ond swine flu death this year late last week, re­vealed a se­nior doc­tor at the Apollo Hos­pi­tals. How­ever, the death is not men­tioned in the lat­est In­te­grated Dis­ease Sur­veil­lance Pro­gramme (IDSP), a re­port by the Min­istry of Health, which re­vealed sta­tus till April 8. This year, a to­tal of 31 cases have been re­ported in Delhi, with first death be­ing re­ported in Fe­bru­ary.

The pa­tient, a 40-year-old from out­side Delhi, had vis­ited the Apollo Hos­pi­tals with signs of fever. He was di­ag­nosed with swine flu and died soon af­ter he was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal.

New cases started to ap­pear in Jan­uary when six cases were re­ported in the first week it­self. The min­istry re­port re­veals 2,835 cases and 12 deaths due to H1N1 fever in 2017 in Delhi as com­pared to 193 cases and seven deaths in 2016.

The in­creased cases have led to new iso­la­tion wards be­ing made at sev­eral hos­pi­tals in Delhi, whereas some hos­pi­tals are still us­ing their swine flu wards as dengue/chikun­gunya

Most of those who suc­cumbed are chil­dren, el­derly, preg­nant women or peo­ple with chronic lung dis­ease. I strongly rec­om­mend that at least the vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion, es­pe­cially the health­care work­ers, must take these vac­cines.

Dr Soumya Swami­nathan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral ICMR,

wards.

“We are pre­pared for the worse. All medicines, IVs are in stock and iso­la­tion wards and ICUs are avail­able too,” said Dr VK Ti­wari, Med­i­cal Su­per­in­ten­dent, Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia Hos­pi­tal.

The surge in cases had led to the Delhi gov­ern­ment is­sue a health ad­vi­sory in Jan­uary for the preven­tion of in­fluenza H1N1 virus, com­monly known as Swine Flu. Ac­cord­ing to the ad­vi­sory, the symp­toms of H1N1 are -- fever and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and dif­fi­culty in breath­ing. The other symp­toms may in­clude body ache, headache, fa­tigue, chills, di­ar­rhea and vom­it­ing, and blood-stained spu­tum.

“It is very im­por­tant to cover nose and mouth with dis­pos­able tis­sue or hand­ker­chief while cough­ing and sneez­ing. Do not shake hands with peo­ple suf­fer­ing from any kind of flu or even if you have to, use hand san­i­tiz­ers,” says Dr S P By­otra, Head of Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal.

The pa­tient, a 40-year-old from out­side Delhi, had vis­ited the Apollo Hos­pi­tals with signs of fever—File photo

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