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PCMC residents worry as swine flu cases go up

The industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad, is once again, reeling under the outbreak of swine flu with the civic body’s health department registering 47 positive cases of H1N1 virus only in August.

pune Updated: Sep 03, 2018 15:09 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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PCMC officials pointed out that higher number of positive cases in a one month was due to the wet conditions that prevailed throughout the month which inturn creates a favourable condition for the H1N1 virus. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Pune The industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad, is once again, reeling under the outbreak of swine flu with the civic body’s health department registering 47 positive cases of H1N1 virus only in August.

According to data released by the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation’s (PCMC) health department, from January 1 to August 31 this year, the city witnessed 65 cases of patients infected with the H1N1 virus. Out of these, 47 were registered in August alone, while 15 patients were tested positive during the two days of September.

Till date, nine cases of swine flu deaths were registered, while 15 patients were kept on ventilator, according to civic officials. The data released by the civic body states that PCMC witnessed 41,087 residents suffering from influenza like illness (ILI) between the said time period.

PCMC officials pointed out that higher number of positive cases in a one month was due to the wet conditions that prevailed throughout the month which inturn creates a favourable condition for the H1N1 virus.

Laxman Gophane, PCMC health officer, said, “The virus has infected 47 people in August month alone and has claimed nine live till date this year. As many as 41,087 people were examined and the throat swab samples of 166 patients was sent to the National Institute of Virology and other private laboratories for tests.”

There is no need not to worry about it, because we have an adequate stock of tamiflu tablets, Gophane added.

Dr Pradip Awate, Maharashtra state surveillance officer, said, “August witnessed an outbreak of swine flu in Maharashtra, because of increased rainfall and wet conditions. Till July end, we vaccinated around 1,28,000 patients all over Maharashtra. Many patients have been treated on time with tamiflu tablets.” People have developed an immunity against the disease when it remains around them for long time, added Awate.

Civic officials claimed that the death toll has remained under control due to the door-to-door survey and efforts taken by health officers. Experts said, swine flu is a disease like any other flu which is responsible for the weakening of the immune system.

As a part of the secondary infection, the flu leads to failure of vital organs and finally death. Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those in any other influenza. Fever, coughing, lack of appetite, lethargy are some of them; some people also reported cold, vomiting and diarrhoea, informed Dr Awate.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 15:07 IST