There was no relief from the H1N1 epidemic in Bhopal which registered 14 fresh cases of the flu on Sunday, taking the total number of positive cases to 663 this year.
According to experts, dry weather and rising temperatures can slow down the spread of the deadly virus, but showers that have affected life in many parts of the state in the last few days has made residents paranoid about the flu again.
“We are observing the trend in the out-patient department cases and regularly following the weather forecast. The rainfall that occurred in the past few days has no doubt raised suspicion on the rise in the number of cases in the upcoming days as there was a fall in the temperature. But on Sunday, the maximum temperature increased to 26.0 degree Celsius again, which is a good sign,” said pulmonary medicine specialist Dr Lokendra Dave.
Dr Dave said all the hospitals should stay alert for the next one week as the impact of the sudden change in the weather could be seen and the rise in the number of viral fever cases would be expected.
“The rainfall and hailstorm have not only damaged the crops but have also developed a weather that is favorable for the growth of swine flu viruses,” said director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhopal, A Kashyapi.
Meanwhile, 12 fresh swab samples of swine flu suspected patients were sent for testing on Sunday. Till now, 1,779 people have been tested, out of whom 663 tested positive since January 1 in the Bhopal district.
At present, 90 patients are admitted to various hospitals for the treatment of swine flu.
Bhopal registered 14 fresh cases on Sunday
Total number of positive cases to 663 this year
12 fresh swab samples of the flu suspected patients were sent for testing on Sunday
90 patients admitted to various hospitals for the treatment of the flu.