NEW DELHI: Two people suffering from swine flu died in the national capital on Friday while 58 tested positive for the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, taking the total number of cases to 301 since January, an official said.
“Fifty-eight people have tested positive for swine flu. One death was reported from Apollo Hospital and another from Jaipur Golden Hospital,” a Delhi Health Service doctor said.
Doctors said there has been a sudden spurt in swine flu cases. This month, the virus infected 262 people, of which six have died. In January, 39 cases were reported and one succumbed to the virus.
According to the Delhi government, 78 swine flu cases and one death was reported in 2012.
“Symptoms of the flu are unrelenting high fever and sudden breathlessness,” said Suranjit Chatterjee, internal medicine consultant at Apollo Hospital.
With reports of nearly 500 cases of swine flu from across the country this season, doctors and experts say the viral disease sees an upswing during winters but there is no need to panic. Closed and crowded spaces such as offices and air-conditioned homes aided the spread of the disease, say doctors.
According to doctors, though H1N1 flu cases peak during this season, infection can be avoided by taking simple precautions such as washing hands frequently, wearing masks and avoiding closed and crowded places.
Swine flu is a common occurrence in countries with extreme cold weather such as the United States and parts of Europe, said Randeep Guleria, head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Indo-Asian News Service