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Delhi in grip of swine flu; 103 fresh cases on Thursday: Official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Over 100 fresh cases of swine were recorded in on Wednesday, taking the total number of people affected by the in the city this year to 1,196, according to a senior

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

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

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

As per the report, of the six persons who have died of this year, one belonged to Delhi, while the rest were residents of other cities.

Amid the mounting cases of the in the city, the Wednesday issued a advisory, prescribing the do's and don'ts.

Delhi on Tuesday had recorded one death due to and 1,019 positive cases.

Till Monday, the had not reported any death due to the flu, but it recorded one death of a Delhi resident on Tuesday, the report said,

However, two Centre-run hospitals here have reported 13 deaths due to this year. According to senior officials at Safdarjung Hospital, three deaths due to swine flu have been recorded this season, while has reported 10 fatalities.

Nine of the 10 people who died at were from Delhi, and the other one was from outside the city, officials said.

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

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 and blood-stained sputum.

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

"No Oseltamivir (medicine) and testing is 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.

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

In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, individuals having one or more of the high-risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir, it added.

High-risk group includes, children with 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, and HIV/AIDS, or those on long-term cortisone therapy, the advisory said.

In addition to the signs and symptoms of categories A and B, 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, it added.

After holding a state-level review meeting on In?uenza A (H1N1), the recently said that all government hospitals in the city are equipped with necessary logistics required for the management of the disease and drug Oseltamivir along with (PPE kits) and N95 masks are also available.

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.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 19:10 IST