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    Posted: April 27 2017 at 2:32pm
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PUNE: Three persons died of swine flu at various hospitals in the city in the last 72 hours, taking the number of H1N1casualties in Pune to 42 this year, so far.
Currently , condition of another 14 patients is critical and they have been put on ventilator at different hospitals.

A 49-year-old man from Hadapsar, who had tested positive for swine flu, died at Sahyadri hospital in Hadapsar on Tuesday .The cause of his death was swine flu-induced bilateral viral pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). "The man was also a known patient of hypertension and had been on regular treatment for the last four years," a civic health official said.

Another patient, a 54-year-old man from Dhanori succumbed to the virus on last Saturday . "The man had developed swine flu-induced ARDS with septic shock.He died around 11.35am at KEM hospital," the health official said, adding that the man was also a patient of diabetes and had been on anti-diabetic treatment since last five years.


On Saturday itself, a 40-yearold woman from the city died of swine flu at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital. "The woman had developed pneumonitis with ARDS following swine flu infection. She died around 2.28pm," the health officer said.


He added that the woman also had bronchitis and had been on treatment for the same for the last one year. "She also delayed in seeking medical treatment despite being down with influenza-like illness for the five days," the health official said. The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to those of regular seasonal influenza, including fever, lethargy , lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.


Taking medicine without consultation and delaying treatment can aggravate the condition, experts have said. "People should continue to take precautions in terms of basic sanitation practices like frequent hand washing, good diet and healthy habits as the virus is still infecting people. Those with co-morbid conditions need to be more vigilant," they said.
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Siblings land in hospital with swine flu-like symptoms

 | Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 01.12 AM IST
Gurgaon: After two years, swine flu seems to be back in the city.

Two kids — an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother, from Patel Nagar in old Gurgaon — have been diagnosed with symptoms of swine flu. The girl has been put on Tamiflu medicine, while the boy is being treated for flu at Civil Hospital.

According to doctors, the girl was brought to the hospital on Tuesday after she developed symptoms of the respiratory disease earlier this week.

"She had trouble breathing, had high fever and blood-shot eyes. Her symptoms were severe i.e., on the lines of category B of swine flu. We immediately put her on Tamiflu," a senior doctor, who is treating the patient, told TOI on Thursday.

The very next day, i.e., on Wednesday, her brother too developed similar symptoms, and his parents took him to the hospital. However, the doctors are treating him for flu as his symptoms are not so severe.

As per government guidelines, any patient with category B symptoms should be put on swine flu medicine with immediate effect. The swab test to confirm swine flu is only conducted when the severity reaches category C.

In category A, symptoms include fever, cough, watery eyes, running nose and loose motions. In category B, symptoms are high fever, red eyes, cough, watery eyes, running nose and loose motion. And category C symptoms include extreme influenza, high fever, red eyes, cough, watery eyes, running nose and loose motion.


Health experts say the virus can survive on steel and plastic surface for one to two days, on paper and clothes for 8 to 12 hours, on tissue paper for 15 minutes, and on hands for 30 minutes. A patient can start showing symptoms from one to seven days after contracting the virus. A patient can inadvertently spread the disease even before he starts showing any symptoms of the disease himself. The risk of transmitting the disease are highest up to 24 hours before the symptoms are seen to up to eight days after they are detected to be carrying the deadly virus.


Notably, this is the first case of suspected swine flu after December 2015. Back then, a 41-year-old man from Meerut was diagnosed with swine flu after a sample of his sputum confirmed the presence of the deadly H1N1 influenza virus. Surprisingly, this flu usually occurs in the winter and cases start appearing after temperature goes below 20 degrees Celsius.


When contacted, principal medical officer Dr Kanta Goyal said, "The department is fully ready to deal with the disease. Test samples will be drawn from the suspected cases and alerts will be issued to all schools. We have created an isolation ward for treatment of swine flu patients. We are well stocked with the required medicine. In addition, all patients coming to OPDs will be screened for relevant symptoms."

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carbon20 - I've been following this too and what really interest me is these case are happening in temperatures as high as 98 degrees F or 36.6C! Some Doctors in India believe it has become tolerant to intense heat which would make this a year round virus!
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It's been with us for 99 years!!!!!! Always changing......
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