Swine flu returns, claims 12 lives in 14 days
Mumbai: Beware, swine flu is back. In the latest outbreak of this disease, around 70 cases and seven deaths have been reported in the past 14 days in Pune. In addition, around 27 cases of swine flu have also been reported in Andhra Pradesh and 28 in Rajasthan with 5 deaths.
National Institute of Virology says that transmission in Pune has shot upto 15 percent in this month. Authorities are releasing additional funds for equipment like ventilators at government hospitals and are also looking to rope in private hospitals for treatment.
However, doctors insist the virus has lost its sting and the Pune spurt is an aberration due to erratic weather changes. Influenza of any kind increases during the changing months. The good news is that experts have not noted any significant mutation in the H1N1 virus, so Tamiflu, the first line of treatment, continues to remain effective.
Though doctors maintain there is no cause for alarm just yet, if you're down with flu like symptoms, don't self medicate and get medical help immediately.
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