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Swine flu threat grows; Okhla-based activist hospitalised

Okhla-based activist is down with swine flu and has been hospitalized in a local private hospital, according to Plasma CEO Rizwan Khan.

He said Kaleem-ul Hafeez, a businessman and known activists in OKhla, is down with swine flu. “He has been hospitalized. The situation appears to be not good as I know a few of my friends who too are suffering from fever, and other complication. I am also not well and am going to see a doctor,” Khan told OT.COM. Many people are scared of Swine flu as the viral illness bad become a pandemic in 2009 and once again in 2017 the disease is back to bother the Delhiites.

Till now, nearly 600 people have died of the disease across India and so far 12,500 cases have been reported with some coming from Delhi also. Till now 284 deaths have been reported from Maharashtra, 75 from Gujarat (75), 63 from Kerala and 59 from Rajasthan. This has been established by a government data. As on July reports claimed that 241 people have tested positive for swine flu. Moreover data available as of July 9 four people have died of the disease in Delhi.

“This is surprising. Swine flu is commonly seen in winter or post-monsoon season. But we have been seeing significant number of cases of swine flu since June in spite of high temperatures that are not conducive for viral growth or transmission,” Dr Arup Basu, senior chest physician at SGRH, said.

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, a senior consultant at Apollo Hospitals, said: “As clinicians, we need to look out for characteristic symptoms of swine flu throughout the year so that timely action can save lives.”

Another doctor said: “Symptoms of swine flu are similar to common viral illnesses. But the intensity is higher. Patients feel lethargic, have high grade fever and sore throat, among other symptoms. Treatment is mostly symptomatic.”

Swine flu is another form of seasonal influenza. High risk group are children under age of 8 years, old aged persons over 65 years of age, pregnant women, persons with diabetics, HIV Aids, renal diseases and with cardiac problems as well as the patients under steroid therapy.

There is adequate stock of medicines for the treatment of dengue, chikungunya, and malaria also in all medical institutions of the Delhi Government, claimed the minister, adding that there is sufficient stock of Paracetamol, Intravenous Fluids, Chloroquine and Artesunate group of drugs for the treatment of dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

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