Swine flu may ebb as temperatures rise

Over 600 deaths reported in the last two months and doctors advice person hygiene as preventive measure

GN Bureau | February 18, 2015


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Amid panic of increasing cases of swine flu (H1N1) and shortage of drugs, there is good news on the horizon – the swine flu would subside in a week or two as the temperatures rise in the country, especially in north India.

Doctors say that the temperature is increasing and swine flu would subside in a week or two. They urged people not to panic.

However, the doctors sought to put focus on maintaining personal hygiene. For keeping the virus at bay, one should take care of personal hygiene, wash hands regularly and eat healthy. High risk people that including those with chronic disorders, children below five years and elderly should avoid crowded places.

Meanwhile, chemists are reporting a shortage of swine flu medication as deaths due to swine flu hit an alarming figure of 624 and over 9,000 cases in the last two months

The government has made Tamiflu accessible to over 10,000 licensed chemists across the country and Health Minister JP Nadda held a high-level review meeting which was attended by health secretaries and drug control panel officials.

The Delhi government claims they have authorised 25 hospitals - including seven private hospitals - to treat the flu. There have been seven deaths in Delhi.

In Gujarat, 150 people have succumbed to the virus while 176 people have died in Rajasthan. In Telangana 46 deaths have been reported while in Maharashtra 58 deaths have been reported. One person has died in Srinagar too.

Nearly 9,311 people have contracted swine flu in 2015 with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh being the worst-affected states with their respective tolls standing at 150, 176, 46, 58, and 81.

Major concern for the Telangana government is that cases have not gone down despite temperatures rising in Hyderabad.

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