FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Delhi on high alert after six reported swine flu cases

The Delhi government in India has put all government hospitals on alert after six cases of H1N1 swine flu were confirmed in the capital.

More than 300 cases of swine flu and 21 deaths have been reported throughout India this year. The worst affected states have been Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharasthra, TNN reports.

"This year, six cases of H1N1 have been confirmed from different parts of the capital," Charan Singh, the state surveillance officer, said, according to TNN. "No deaths have been reported so far. The first case was reported from Gokulpuri in northeast Delhi in January. Other cases have been reported from Vasant Vihar, Dwarka and Ram Nagar near Loni. All patients have been discharged after treatment."

Singh said that the infection seems to be mild and that there is no need to panic. Unlike in 2009 when H1N1 became an epidemic, doctors said that there is less to worry about because most of the population has been exposed to the virus.

"Most people have developed antibodies to fight the infection," Sandeep Budhiraja, the head of the medicine department at Max Hospital in Saket, said, according to TNN. "Many people have even taken vaccination for the influenza virus. Only the high-risk patients -elderly, people with diabetes, kidney problems, cancer patients and pregnant women - should get themselves screened for the infection after symptoms like fever, cough, prolonged sore throat, chills and body ache."