After a resident of Jhullar village in Barnala district died of swine flu, the health department has taken precautionary measures to stop further outbreak of the deadly virus.
Nachhatar Singh died at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh on Friday evening.
The family admitted him to a Barnala hospital from where he was shifted to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. Later, he was referred to the PGI.
Swine flu has claimed its second victim in Barnala district as earlier Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Kaleka village, had died of flu last month.
Barnala civil surgeon Dr Baldev Raj said following the death, teams of doctors had been sent to the deceased's village to closely examine people who were in contact with the deceased and other villagers.
“We will provide tablets of tami flu to all residents of the village to avoid a breakout of the disease. Moreover, awareness campaigns and pamphlets regarding symptoms of flu will be distributed among people," he said.
Dr Baldev said the health teams had also tracked a few relatives and villagers who had come in direct contact with the affected person.
“All these have been given preventive medicines and have been advised to immediately visit the health department in case they feel the symptoms of the virus,” he said.
In Sangrur also, two deaths of swine flu had been reported in January.
Symptoms of swine flu
Typical symptoms are:
• A sudden fever - 100 degrees F or above
• A sudden cough
• Cough and sneezing
• Weakness and fatigue
• Aching muscles and joints
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• Diarrhoea or stomach upset
• Loss of appetite