Swine flu tests positive for 3 more persons in India
Three persons tested positive for swine flu in the city on Saturday, taking the total count to six since August 27. Three others are suspected to be infected by the H1N1 virus. Their blood samples have been sent for testing. The cases have started trickling again as the minimum temperature of the city dipped below 25 degree Celsius.
A 40-year-old woman from Manjalpur and another woman (43) from Warasiya tested positive on Saturday morning along with a 41-year-old man from Tandalja. Of the three suspected cases, one sample was collected from the city and two others were collected from Padra and Dahod.
According to doctors, the rise in cases is not surprising. The virus had been declared a local seasonal infection and will affect people like any other flu, throughout the year.
“The virus becomes inactive only when the minimum temperature of the city rises to a daily average of about 28 degree Celsius. This is why there were no cases when the summer was in full blow. The dip in the night temperatures in August led to the increase in cases,” said district health officer M T Chari, adding that it is difficult to ascertain the behaviour of the virus.
The viral infection had earlier killed a woman, whose was the first case to surface since the three-and-half-month wave that ended in April in this year. On August 27, the four-month-pregnant women (36) died due to swine flu after being admitted to SSG Hospital. Her father, brother and husband were also tested positive for symptomatic swine flu and were treated. Another 17-year-old patient from Akshar Chowk was tested positive for the viral infection earlier this month.
According to doctors, receiving swine flu cases throughout the year is no surprise. “Swine flu cases will trickle in throughout the year, except the extreme summers. Every patient of flu has to be extra cautious. High-grade fever, sore throat and breathlessness should be reported,” Chari added.
The increase in cases between January and April this year was the highest during a wave since the pandemic of 2009-2010. The city had registered 615 cases of swine flu of whom 78 had died in the city.
The increase in cases between January and April this year was the highest during a wave since the pandemic of 2009-2010. The city had registered 615 cases of swine flu of which 78 had died in the city.
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