100 swine flu cases sur­face in 23 days, Lud­hi­ana worst hit

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - Jatin­der Ma­hal let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

JALANDHAR: Swine flu con­tin­ues to tighten its grip over the state with 100 new cases of in­fluenza A (H1N1) be­ing re­ported in last 23 days till Satur­day, af­fect­ing a to­tal of 204 peo­ple in Pun­jab this sea­son.

This sea­son, swine flu cases have al­ready sur­passed the pre­vi­ous year fig­ure of 177 pos­i­tive cases and 62 deaths.

Lud­hi­ana is worst af­fected with 55 cases and 18 deaths so far.

Doc­tors are ex­pect­ing a rise in these cases in com­ing days as peo­ple tend to get more prone to this virus in the months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

A to­tal of 55 deaths have al­ready been re­ported in 2017 across the state where Lud­hi­ana leads with high­est num­ber of deaths at 18, fol­lowed by Jalandhar with six fa­tal­i­ties.

Out of the to­tal 204 cases, Mo­hali is the sec­ond most af­fected with 43 pos­i­tive cases, fol­lowed by Pa­tiala with 22 cases. 18 con­firmed cases in Jalandhar places the district at fourth po­si­tion.

How­ever, Jalandhar is lead­ing with most swine flu cases recorded in the Doaba re­gion, closely fol­lowed by Hoshiarpur with 14 con­firmed cases and five deaths while only one pos­i­tive case has been re­ported from Ka­purthala and SBS Na­gar each till Satur­day.

In 2016, to­tal 177 pos­i­tive cases of H1N1 were re­ported. A year be­fore that, there were 300 pos­i­tive cases while 2014 recorded only 27 such cases.

The year , 2013, which saw the first swine flu case in In­dia, Pun­jab had over 217 pa­tients suf­fer­ing from the flu.

Nodal of­fi­cer of Pun­jab’s in­te­grated dis­ease sur­veil­lance pro­gramme, Dr Ga­gan­deep Singh Grover, said that aware­ness drives were be­ing or­gan­ised con­tin­u­ously in the state and many ar­eas have even wit­nessed a drop in swine flu cases as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

Singh said that preg­nant women, chil­dren un­der the age of five years and peo­ple above the age of 50 years were more prone catch swine flu, be­sides those hav­ing asthma and chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­eases.

He ad­vised peo­ple to not panic, take care of their eating habits and visit the near­est gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal in case swine flu symp­toms are ob­served.

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