28th March: Five people, three women and two men, tested positive for swine flu in different parts of the state on Wednesday. With H1N1cases on the rise, the medical, health and family welfare department has geared up to vaccinate doctors and nursing staff against the influenza.
It seems that the swine flu menace has hit Jaipur with 6 cases being reported in the last 10 days. An eight year old was the latest victim who tested positive for the influenza on Saturday. Out of the six cases two patients have passed away
Minister of state for health Rajkumar Sharma said patients with symptoms of swine flu should not be ignored but should be given free medical treatment in government hospitals immediately.Sharma said strict action would be taken against doctors or department officials if they were found careless while treating such patients.
In light of the recent events the swine flu control room at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital has been made functional again. According to the medical superintendent of SMS hospital, the reason for the resurgence of the virus is the abrupt change in weather and fluctuating temperatures.
Swine Influenza is a form of influenza that is common in pigs. Transmission from swine to humans is uncommon and normally just leads to formation of antibodies in humans; however people with regular exposure to pigs are a high risk group.
Symptoms of Swine flu
Symptoms are similar to regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, headaches, chills and fatigue. Diarrhoea and vomiting are also common.
Prevention of Swine Flu
Swine flu can spread by from the infected person’s coughing or sneezing. . Swine flu however can’t spread through pork products or other meat.
This is why hygiene is extremely important in swine flu season. Always wash your hands especially before or after eating, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, disinfecting household surfaces will also help. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. Along with coughing and sneezing, research suggests that small droplets which linger on surfaces like laptops, mobile phones, etc. can lead to transmission from an infected person so avoid sharing these items. Flu-like symptoms should be immediately reported to a doctor.