Two people suffering from swine flu died Tuesday while 53 others tested positive for the virus here, taking the toll in the city to four and total number of cases to 510 this year, an official said. ‘Fifty-three people where tested positive for swine flu and two deaths have been reported  on Tuesday from Apollo Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital,’ a doctor of the Delhi Health Service (DHS) told IANS.

According to doctors, there has been a sudden spurt in the number of cases in 2013. In January alone, there was one death and 39 cases, while February so far has seen three deaths and 471 cases. According to the Delhi government, only 78 cases and one death were reported in 2012.

Prevention

Swine flu isn’t a disease that you can catch from pigs. It is in fact, a human virus that spreads from one human to another. The virus is extremely contagious. Here are some swine flu prevention tips: 

  • It can spread through coughing and sneezing so always cover your face while doing so. And make sure people around you in office or home also follow this.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth too often
  • Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Always wash your hands before or after eating and particularly after returning from a public place.
  • Sometimes virus can spread through droplets that have remained on surfaces of things like laptops, phones so avoid using someone else’s items.
  • Avoid public places, unhygienic conditions, etc.
  • If your city/area is swine-flu endemic, always wear a standard swine flu mask  in public places (the H-95 mask which is worn by nurses and doctors while collecting samples from swine flu victims). Normal surgical masks which sell like hot cakes during swine flu season might not give enough protection.
  • If you feel sick and look like you are developing a cold or fever, stay at home and take enough rest. Rest has also been shown to increase ‘interferons’ which help our immunity to fight the virus better. Keeping away from others also prevents spread of the infection.

With inputs from IANS