New Delhi: The total number of swine flu cases recorded in Delhi this year stood at 1,093, as per a report by the Directorate General of Health Services. Out of the total 1093 cases, 868 were adults and 225 children, the report said. Further, 74 new cases of swine flu were registered in the city on Wednesday alone and one person succumbed to the disease on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a health advisory was issued by the Delhi government prescribing the do’s and don’ts as precautionary steps against the disease.
As many as 13 deaths were reported in two of the Centre-run hospitals in Delhi due to swine flu this year. Three persons died at Safdarjung Hospital due to the swine flu, while RML Hospital reported 10 fatalities, said, senior officials. Nine of the 10 people who died at RML Hospital were from Delhi, while the other one was from outside the city, added officials.
Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease. It gets transmitted easily from person-to-person, through droplets generated from coughing, sneezing and close contact including handshaking, hugging, kissing. The virus also spreads through indirect means when a person touches a contaminated object or surface like telephone, cell phones, computers, door handles, doorbells, pens, toys etc, stated the health advisory.
The symptoms of swine flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhoea and vomiting and blood-stained sputum.
The H1N1 influenza is categorized into A, B and C. The advisory said, “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 was against excessive physical exercise, disposal of the used napkin or tissue paper in open areas, touching surfaces usually used by the public (railing, door gates, etc, smoking in public places and unnecessary testing and crowded places.
“All hospitals have been asked to keep ventilators ready, and also told to disseminate information on the prevention of the disease,” the Delhi health department official said.
(With PTI inputs)