Six swine-flu deaths in Hyderabad in December have alarmed the people and the health authorities of the state.
Health experts attribute the unusually cold conditions prevailing in the two states as a primary cause of the virus spread in December.
“50 percent of the 78 positive cases recorded in Telangana in 2014 were recorded last month,” Dr Kandi Subhakar, state coordinator, Swine-Flu treatment says.
The total death toll from H1N1 virus is 16 in 2014 in the two states of Telangana (11) and Andhra (5). The number of positive cases recorded is also high in Telangana – 78. Andhra recorded 10 half of which succumbed to the virus.
The Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad which has specialized wards and is designated for treatment of the H1N1 cases has recorded five deaths out of the 17 cases it treated last year. Two of them were in July-August while three deaths occurred in December. Three patients are under treatment now.
“Most of the dead cases were brought to us in terminal condition making it difficult for us to cure them,” Dr P Dhairyawan, superindent of the hospital told HT.
Authorities say that there is no cause of panic as studies prove that the virus has not mutated nor increased its virulence in last few years. And fortunately we have the Trivalent vaccine to prevent the flu, Dr Subhakar adds.
However, the advise is to maintain proper hygiene and precaution to prevent the flu.
“There is no reason to panic but simple precautions like maintaining hygiene – covering nose while sneezing, hand washing etc are needed. Consulting a doctor is advised if someone shows the symptoms of high fever, running nose, headache, cough, sore throat etc for more than 48 hours,” the physicians say.
In 2009-10, the Swine-Flu caused a global panic with thousands of deaths reported including from several parts of the country.