According to data providing by Health Department 23 suspected cases of swine flu have been reported from across the district over the past one week.
Swine Flu Influenzas (H1N1) it’s a human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strains that started in pigs.
The patient 37 year old women who resides in Dhorka village in the district was admitted to a private hospital with high fever on Friday. According to health Department officials she is currently under going treatment.
District malaria officer Dr Jai Bhagwan Jatain said this was the first case of the type C of the H1N1 virus this season. Type A and B of the virus have symptoms such as common cold and do not require hospitalisation, but type C can cause a dip in blood pressure, pneumonia and difficulty in breathing and requires immediate hospitalisation. A case of the influenza is ‘suspected’ when patients with long-lasting symptoms of swine flu are tested for the disease but the results come out negative. However, they are still made to go through the medical routine. Doctors recommend not with holding treatment of people with suspected influenza even if they test negative. Warning that the number of cases of H1N1 Type C could rise in the coming days due to the cold weather, the health department has instructed all government and private hospitals in the district to stay alert for patients exhibiting these symptoms.
Meanwhile, district health officials claimed to have disbursed Tamiflu tablets among relatives and others, who had come into contact of the deceased woman. Until Sunday, out of the 14 suspected cases of swine flu, eight patients in the district tested positive for the disease. However, things are, purportedly, said to be under control, until the report was filed.
“If we compare it with other districts, Patiala is still in a better position. Besides, we have a sufficient stock of Tamiflu medicines, masks and other things, which are required as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of disease,”Severe influenza virus infection is characterized by a strong inflammatory response and profuse viral replication in lungs. These viruses, such as the notorious avian flu, have a high rate of death and to date there are no effective treatments.