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Chandigarh sees season’s first swine flu death

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2017 13:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The Chandigarh health department had recently launched a house-to-house inspection across the city to detect swine flu.(HT Representative image )

The city reported first swine flu death of the season after a 42-year-old Sector 37 resident, Shyam Verma, died at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Thursday evening.

So far, four swine flu cases have been reported in the city. Swine flu is a respiratory disease with symptoms that include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache and fatigue.

The Chandigarh health department had recently launched a house-to-house inspection across the city to detect swine flu.

Nodal officer, UT health department, Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, said: “The patient was diagnosed with H1N1 and was admitted to the PGIMER five-six days ago. He used to travel often to Mukerian and Pathankot. He also said that all field units have been put on alert and directions have been issued to intensify field surveillance for influenza. Furthermore, those who had been in his contact were also given prophylactic treatment and surveillance was carried out in his residential area.

Advisory
  • Try to keep away from mass gatherings if you have fever sore throat
  • If you have fever, sore throat and difficulty in breathing, immediately consult your nearest government hospital
  • Take healthy diet
  • Take adequate rest
  • Maintain personal hygiene by washing hands properly
  • Cover nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing
  • If you are visiting any affected person, maintain some distance

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 13:51 IST