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Middle-aged most affected by swine flu: Docs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 26, 2013
First Published: 01:39 IST(26/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(26/2/2013)

Amid rising number of swine flu cases in the city, doctors here have highlighted a new trend - most patients who were tested positive fall in the age group of 35-45 years.

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On Sunday, the health department registered two fresh cases from Max Hospital and Artemis Health Sciences, out of which one was a 34-year-old woman. The other was a 23-year-old male.

"Senior citizens and children are most affected by swine flu as their immunity is low. But this year, the trend has reversed. We have been seeing many cases involving the working population," said Dr Vishal Sehgal, head of emergency and in-patient services at Artemis Health Sciences. The hospital has registered 22 swine flu cases so far.

The first swine flu death this year was reported from Medanta-The Medicity on January 28, where a 44-year-old man succumbed to the disease after he was tested positive.

On February 19, a woman in her mid forties succumbed to swine flu at Artemis Health Sciences. On February 16, a 34-year-old woman, who complained of severe respiratory symptoms, died of swine flu at Pushpanjali hospital.

Doctors in the city have attributed this trend to exposure to a large group of people.

"People working in MNCs and corporate environments interact with a lot of people. This increase the susceptibility to a disease as transfer of pathogen is easier," said Dr SP Yadav of Pushpanjali hospital.

Another factor that aids transfer of the virus is long working hours in a closed environment.

With most offices being centrally air-conditioned, there is no scope for fresh air.

"People in their 40s give more priority to their career than health. This leads to a weaker immune system making them susceptible to swine flu," said Dr Satish Kaul, consultant internal physician at Columbia Asia hospital.

Gurgaon's official swine flu count has touched 63, including three deaths, but private hospitals peg it at more than 100, with four deaths.


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