City in grip of swine flu as 103 fresh cases reported on Thursday: official

Total number of people affected by disease stands at 1,196; Centre-run hospitals have reported 13 deaths so far

February 08, 2019 01:52 am | Updated 01:52 am IST - New Delhi

Over 100 fresh cases of swine flu were recorded in the Capital on Thursday, taking the total number of people affected by the disease in the city this year to 1,196, according to a senior official.

According to a report of the Directorate General of Health Services, the death toll due to swine flu in Delhi this year stands at six and till Wednesday, 1,093 had been affected by the disease in the city this season.

“Delhi is in grip of swine flu. Today, 103 fresh cases were recorded,” the official said.

The DGHS report had also mentioned deaths of five more persons from co-morbidity. As per the report, of the six persons who have died of swine flu this year, one belonged to Delhi while the rest were residents of other cities.

Issues health advisory

Amid the mounting cases of the H1N1 infections in the city, the Delhi government on Wednesday issued a health advisory, prescribing the do’s and don’ts.

Delhi on Tuesday had recorded one death due to swine flu and 1,019 positive cases. Till Monday, the Delhi government had not reported any death due to the flu, but it recorded one death of a Delhi resident on Tuesday, the report said,

However, two Centre-run hospitals here have reported 13 deaths due to swine flu this year. According to senior officials at Safdarjung Hospital, three deaths due to swine flu have been recorded this season, while RML Hospital has reported 10 fatalities. Nine of the 10 people who died at RML Hospital were from Delhi, and the other one was from outside the city, officials said.

There are three categories of H1N1 influenza -- A, B and C.

“No Oseltamivir (medicine) and testing is required for category A patients. They should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing up with public and high risk members in the family,” the advisory said.

In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, if a patient has high-grade fever and severe sore throat, he or she may require home isolation and Oseltamivir. In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under category A, individuals having one or more of the high-risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir, it added.

High-risk group

High-risk group includes, children with mild illness but with predisposing risk factors, pregnant women, persons aged above 65 years, patients with lung and heart diseases, liver and kidney diseases, , the advisory said.

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