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Four deaths this season due to the swine flu, including a 70-year-old

ByJosh Taylor

Oct 15, 2022

The district announced the fourth swine flu fatality of the season on Friday. At the city’s Manipal Hospital, a 70-year-old man who lived in SST Nagar passed away from the highly contagious swine flu.
Notably, H1N1 influenza is a viral virus that causes headaches, body aches, fever, sore throat, and cold-like symptoms. Acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia can result in severe instances. The scientists agree that it is not as contagious as Covid, though.
Four of the 11 swine flu cases reported so far this season have resulted in death. The deceased, who was discovered to be positive a few days prior, was receiving treatment at the private hospital, according to the Patiala Health Department.
Health officials in Patiala asserted that the deceased had various medical illnesses in addition to the flu, including TB, diabetes, and hypertension.
The patient had tuberculosis and other underlying medical issues which were also contributory reasons in the patient’s death, stated district epidemiologist Dr. Divjot Singh.
Because laboratory testing revealed that many of the genes in this novel virus were very similar to influenza viruses that typically infect pigs in North America, this virus was initially known as swine flu.
Avoid being in close proximity to anyone who may be ill if at all feasible.
Avoid touching your mouth and nose; regularly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub (particularly if touching your mouth, nose, or other potentially contaminated surfaces) cut back on the time you spend in crowded areas adopt healthy lifestyle practises such as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising.
Without medical assistance, you won’t be able to distinguish between the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. Similar to seasonal viruses, typical symptoms to look out for include fever, coughing, headaches, body pains, sore throats, and runny noses. Only your doctor and the local health department can formally diagnose an H1N1 flu case.
Tamiflu and Relenza, two antiviral medications, are effective against H1N1. The CDC advises using such medications within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms for the best results in preventing or treating swine flu. But not everyone requires those medications. Most H1N1 flu sufferers have recovered without medical intervention.
The exact length of the H1N1 flu’s infectious phase is unknown. But according to researchers, it has a one-day incubation period before symptoms manifest and a seven-day symptomatic period, similar to seasonal flu. For kids, it could be a longer time frame.

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