In last two days, 12 suspected cases of swine flu reported in Gurugram
Gurugram: What was feared by health officials is now becoming a challenging reality as in the span of just two days, twelve suspected cases of swine flu have been reported in Gurugram. It has also been assumed that there can be more patients suffering from the viral infection in private hospitals in the city.
Taking note of the rapid spread of the infection, the District Health Department officials have announced about the measures like having separate wards for the patient where they will be isolated from rest of the patients.
According to medical experts, swine flu, that is considered to be a highly contagious infection and therefore, there is a fear that the disease can spread quickly.
Taking cognisance of the fact, the Health Department has already warned residents of the deadly virus.
It has also cited that the infection can witness an upward trend if the temperature dips further.
Experts further highlighted that children under five years of age, pregnant women and senior citizens were particularly vulnerable to the infection and should take special precaution and care.
"After a long time, the swine flu infection has again started affecting the residents of Gurugram. People must not panic and should wash their hands regularly so that the infection does not spread. People must avoid consuming contaminated food and water and they must use handkerchief before sneezing," said Dr BK Rajora, Chief Medical Officer, Civil Hospital Gurugram.
It is important to note that after a gap of two years, there were cases of swine flu that were reported from Gurugram.
The following year saw five deaths including the death of a seven-month-old baby. Also in 2018, there were two casualties reported from the city due to infection.
Even though there has been death related to swine flu reported from the states of Karnataka and Delhi, Haryana seems to have been worse affected by the virus in 2018.
Hissar one of the largest cities in the state has already witnessed eight death in which six are women.
The trend of casualties has began in Hissar in the last week of October in 2018. Symptoms of swine flu, which is caused by the H1N1 virus, are like those of any seasonal flu and include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, chills, and fatigue. In serious cases, the symptoms can range from difficulty in breathing, palish skin colour, persistent vomiting and high fever.