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Swine flu tightens grip on Delhi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 13, 2013
First Published: 23:37 IST(13/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:39 IST(13/2/2013)

The number of swine flu cases in the city continued to rise on Wednesday, with the number of persons affected with the viral infection touching 206.


Fifty two cases were reported on Wednesday. Of them, 32 cases were described as being "mild" and are being treated at home. Four persons have succumbed to the disease so far this year, three of them this month.

Most cases are being reported from hospitals such as Ram Manohar Lohia, Sir Ganga Ram and Safdarjung. Private laboratories are reporting a couple of positive cases every day, though the strain is mild.

According to WHO, H1N1 pandemic virus will take on the behaviour of the seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come. Hence, in the post-pandemic period, localised outbreaks of varying magnitude with significant level of H1N1 transmission are expected.

The Delhi government has decided that there is no need for vaccination against the disease in the present scenario, and no prophylactic treatment is required in most of the cases, except among high-risk people aged mostly above 65 years.

No hospitalisation is necessary in patients showing such symptoms as mild fever with cough, sore throat with or without body ache, and headache as these are simple cases of influenza.

However, people need to be careful and if symptoms persist for more than five days and become severe, they must see doctors.

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