Two suspected cases of swine flu in Patel Nagar has sent residents of the area into a state of fear.
An eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother, residents of Patel Nagar, are suspected to be suffering from swine flu and were treated at the civil hospital.
Residents are worried as Patel Nagar is a low-lying area where pigs are in abundance there are several patches where sewage water stagnates. Doctors at the government hospital said that as the area is densely populated, they are concerned about an outbreak.
Doctors said that swine flu virus is transmitted from pigs to human beings. While no deaths from swine flu have been reported so far this year, doctors fear a fresh outbreak of the virus.
According to sources at the hospital, the siblings were sent home with their parents after they were given Tamiflu, an antiviral medicine used for treating flu.
Swine flu broke out in the country in 2009, and since, H1N1 infections have been reported from across the country. Doctors said that the virus can surface any time of the year.
“We treated two patients who we suspect might be affected by the H1N1 virus. There is no specific reason or seasonal conditions for the virus to be activated; cases are reported whenever there is a change in the weather conditions. We have set up an isolation ward at the civil hospital and Tamiflu medicines are also available,” Ram Prakash, endemic in-charge, civil hospital, Gurgaon, said.
Doctors advised residents to take precautions as the conditions are favourable for the virus to spread. “This virus was dormant for the last two years and no case of this flu was reported last year. However, it can mutate and multiply once it surfaces,” Prakash said.
The health department last week issued a circular appealing to residents to take precautions. Doctors said the situation could turn dangerous if the virus is transmitted by human contact, as it can affect more people.
Doctors advised residents suffering from body ache, headache, cold and cough for more than four days to consult medical experts.