Over the past 10 days, more than 700 Swine flu cases have been reported in New Delhi alone. With this, the total number suffering from the illness in Delhi is up to 2278. The total number of cases reported from all over India has risen to 12,191 according to the National Centre for Disease Control [NCDC]. Of these cases, 377 people have died.
With the number of Swine Flu cases increasing all hospitals are advised to stock up on medicines. Special advisories are also being prepared to avoid the spread of this disease.
Swine Flu is a self limiting viral air borne disease spread from person to person via large droplets when sneezing or coughing. Close contact or touching contaminated surfaces and objects could also cause the spread of the disease. The common symptoms of Swine Flu are cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, body ache, head ache, blood in sputum, vomiting, chills, fatigue and difficulty in breathing. Persons with these symptoms over a prolonged period must seek medical help. Vaccinations against Swine Flu are available but their efficacy is limited. ‘We get patients who have got Swine Flu in spite of the preventive vaccination. However those with weaker immune response and co morbidities must always take the vaccination to reduce the risk of infection and in order to have reduced severity in case the viral illness affects them,’ said a Doctor in a government hospital in Delhi.