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Swine flu threat looms over Patiala

The threat of Swine Flu has again resurfaced in Patiala with one patient from Kartapura village under Patran sub-division died on Sunday evening. One more patient from Nabha has also been found confirmed for H1N1 virus. Ravinder Vasudeva reports along with details on how to protect yourself from this deadly virus.

punjab Updated: Jan 08, 2013 15:03 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

The threat of Swine Flu has again resurfaced in Patiala with one patient from Kartapura village under Patran sub-division died on Sunday evening.

The deceased Amrik Singh, 40, was admitted in Post Graduate Institute of Medical, Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, and was referred here when his swap samples were confirmed for Swine Flu in Rajindra Medical College and Hospital in Patiala.

Civil Surgeon of Patiala Dr Usha Bansal while confirming this development admitted that swine flu has entered in Patiala.

One more patient from Nabha (name withheld) has also been found confirmed for H1N1 virus and he was under the surveillance of the health department.

The outcome has bring the entire health department in the district on toes as the deceased was not having any history of visiting to some other cities where they may have come in contact with the affected person.

Sources in the health department said one patient from Dashmesh Nagar has been suspected struck with the swine flu and his swap samples have been sent to laboratory in Chandigarh for confirmation.

Seems unprepared for dealing with the cases of H1N1, the health department as a preventive measure on Monday carried out special checking drive in the village of deceased and one member of the family has been admitted to Rajindra Hospital as preventive measure.

The Patiala Civil Surgeon said the health teams have also tracked few relatives and villagers who have come in direct contact with the affected persons.

"All these persons have been given preventive medicines and have been advised to immediately visit the health department if they observe any kind of symptoms of the deadly virus," said Civil Surgeon, expressing surprise over the virus hitting the patient, as all the patients reported hit by the deadly virus are from pure rural background.

Meanwhile, after reporting of the case, a special isolation ward has been set-up in Rajindra Hospital for the patient suspected of down with the Swine Flue.

Symptoms of Swine Flu:

Typical symptoms
Sudden fever - 100 degrees F or above
Sudden cough

Other symptoms may include
Cough and sneezing
Weakness and fatigue
Aching muscles and joints
Sore throat
Runny nose
Diarrhoea or stomach upset
Loss of appetite

You must see a doctor immediately if:
You have a serious existing illness that weakens your immune system, such as cancer
You are pregnant
You have a sick child under one year of age
Your condition suddenly gets much worse
Your condition is still getting worse even after seven days (five for a child)

High-risk groups
For most people, swine flu is a mild illness. Some people get better by staying in bed, drinking plenty of water and taking over-the-counter flu medication.

However, some groups of people are more at risk of serious illness if they catch swine flu, and will need to start taking antiviral medication as it is confirmed that they have it.

Don't ignore symptoms
According to the doctors, the symptoms of common cold (influenza) and influenza H1N1 are similar and hence it is important to exercise caution if one develops cold, cough, high fever and respiratory problems after coming in contact with a swine flu positive case or even a suspected one.

Doctors also term the late arrival of such patients to hospitals as a major reason for deterioration and complications, resulting in multiple organ failure, which proves fatal.