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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 09, 2013
Following simple tips to maintaining proper hygiene can help keep swine flu away.

The A H1N1 influenza has made a big comeback this year with 64 cases and three deaths so far. Though the numbers are at a two-year high this year, the Delhi government’s health officials have advised people not to panic because the symptoms have been found to be milder this year.

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The disease is self-limiting like any other seasonal flu.

“Only a small number of patients need hospitalisation and most of them have a previous history of upper respiratory infections, such as asthma, respiratory distress syndrome, bronchitis, etc., that gets aggravated,” said AK Walia, Delhi health minister.

Like it happened at the time of swine flu outbreak in 2009, health workers in various hospitals will be given shots of flu vaccine as a preventive measure.

Isolation wards have again been opened in the designated hospitals and Tamiflu-the anti-viral drug for swine flu, is being provided to hospitals.

A supply of the N95 masks, specially-designed masks to prevent spread of virus, are also being provided to hospital staff handling swine flu patients.

“We have not admitted any swine flu patients so far this year, but we have kept a six-bed isolation ward on a standby. We have enough medicines to last a few months from the old stock also,” said a senior doctor from Delhi government’s Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. He added that there was no need to panic.