Delhi: 2,278 Cases Of Swine Flu In 2019, Over 700 Cases In Just 10 Days
The Logical Indian Crew India
February 19th, 2019 / 6:17 PM
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The national capital has recorded over 2,278 cases of swine flu with over 700 being recorded in the last 10 days alone. The Times Of India has reported that according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) data, at least seven people have died of the disease. In 2018, only eight cases were reported and no deaths took place.
Across India, the numbers are even dismal as a total of 377 deaths have taken place and a total of 12,191 swine flu cases have been reported in 2019 thus far. A Delhi government official told the daily that all the government hospitals have enough beds and medication to deal with the inflow of such a large number of patients. The official said that they are issuing advisories to people to help prevent the further spreading of the disease. While government data shows that there have been only seven deaths in Delhi, hospital data records show that the number of deaths has been much more.
Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, swine flu has claimed the lives of 127 people so far while 3,564 cases have been reported in 2019 alone. Among the new cases, the highest numbers were recorded in Jaipur followed by Udaipur.
What is Swine Flu?
H1N1 flu is also known as swine flu. It is called swine flu because, in the past, the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. That changed several years ago when a new virus emerged that spread among people who had not been near pigs.
When people who have it cough or sneeze, they spray tiny drops of the virus into the air. If you come in contact with these drops, touch a surface (like a doorknob or sink) where the drops landed, or touch something an infected person has recently touched, you can catch H1N1 swine flu. The symptoms can include cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi