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Swine flu scare in Himachal: One dead, two more tested positive

india Updated: May 13, 2017 16:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Swine flu cases are usually reported in winters.(Photo: Shutterstock)

A 65-year-old man died of swine flu while two more cases have been found positive in the state in the last 48 hours.

Daya Ram, who was admitted for swine flu at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, died on Thursday.

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches, Headache
  • Fatigue

Meanwhile, 67-year-old Sudha Devi was also diagnosed with the disease at the same hospital. Doctors said she was better now.

Leela Devi, admitted at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) in Shimla was also tested positive for swine flu.

Dr Ramesh Chand, senior medical superintendent at IGMC, said Leela was admitted after she complained of cold and fever. “She has been tested positive for swine flu. We are keeping an eye on other patients and her family members have been given the medicine Tamiflu,” he said.

  • Wash your hands properly
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat nutritious food

Swine flu cases are usually reported in winters. Sources said IGMC was unprepared to tackle the swine flu cases and when the woman was tested positive, the hospital had to bring medicines from Solan. However, sensing the seriousness of the issue, the hospital has now stocked medicines.

“It is not severe but we are keeping tab on the situation. Our first priority is to keep the other patients and family members of those tested positive safe from the flu,” health director Baldev Thakur said.

  • Shake hands or hug in greeting
  • Spit in public
  • Take medicines without consulting a physician
  • If you are sick, stay indoors
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

In 2015, nearly three dozen people died of swine flu in Himachal Pradesh and more than 500 were tested positive for it. However, most of the cases surfaced during winters.

Dr Ramesh said swine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease. “If you are having cold and fever for more than three-four days, you must see a doctor because it is not common cold,” he said.

First Published: May 13, 2017 15:46 IST