Swine flu cases surge in Delhi: H1N1 virus symptoms and prevention

Delhi has seen a strong surge in swine flu this year in January. Since January 1 this year 1,011 cases of H1N1 virus had been reported from many hospitals, making the capital second to only Rajasthan in the number of cases reported.

895 cases are figured in Delhi government data that only includes patients from local addresses, officials said. Last year only 205 cases of Swine flu were reported.

Last year Rajasthan had seen 2,375 cases of Swine flu and 221 deaths, whereas this year the Rajasthan has seen 2,263 cases and 85 deaths.

A senior official of the state health department conceded that they have been getting reports on death due to Swine flu from various hospitals.

Nandita Mundeja, Delhi’s director general of health service said,”Public hospitals are fully-equipped to deal with any crisis. We have enough medicines and infrastructures to deal with patient rush”.

She advised people to maintain hand hygiene and stay at home if unwell.

Seasonal Influenza (H1N1) is a self limiting air-borne disease. This disease spreads from person to person, through sneezing, coughing and physical contact like handshakes, kissing and hugging.

The signs and symptoms of Swine flu virus include cough, fever, runny nose and soar throat. Many more like, fatigue, vomiting, body ache, chills and headache.

Swine flu can be prevented by vaccine. There are many other ways to prevent yourself from Swine flu is by staying at home and not going to school or work(if unwell), avoiding the crowd, eating hygienic food and clean water.

Many herbs and spices have been shown that effectively treat the ailments, including Swine flu. Turmeric is one such food.

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