Mysuru: People who are affected by 'Swine flu' (H1N1), are not aware that its symptoms are much similar to normal flu, and as a result, switch to self medication.
"People need to visit a doctor immediately as the symptoms’ are quite similar to those of dengue, malaria and Chikungunya," said Dr Satish Kumar, M G Consultant Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital Mysuru.
According to Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services stats, across the state from January 1 to 24, among 985 samples which were sent for testing, 152 of them were found confirmed with H1N1. Bengaluru urban tops the list with 31 H1N1 cases followed by BBMP with 25 confirmed cases. Dakshina Kannada with 18 cases and Mysuru district with 15 confirmed H1N1 cases.
In the year 2018, 92 H1N1 positive cases were confirmed in Mysuru district, with only 2 confirmed cases between January and August.
“One should consult a doctor as soon as he or she come across symptoms like shortness of breath, severe vomiting, pain in your tummy or sides of the tummy, dizziness or confusion. Medication should be taken as prescribed by a doctor. Like the regular flu, swine flu can lead to more serious conditions including pneumonia, lung infection and other breathing problems. The H1N1 positive patient can become diabetic, or prone to asthma or even worse,” said Dr Satish.
"Pregnant women, children, elderly and those with respiratory issues, diabetes, renal diseases, hypertension and cardiac issues and immune compromised conditions such as cancer or HIV should take a special care as H1N1 has been known to cause high mortality among these groups. People with flu should stay at home and away from public places and should necessarily follow the cough, cold etiquette to prevent from transmission of the virus. Frequent hand washing with soap, intake of fluids and other supportive measures will help," he added.
Reasons for people become infected with influenza A (H1N1)
Transmission of H1N1 virus occurs from human to human. When infected people cough or sneeze, infected droplets get on their hands, drop onto surfaces, or are dispersed into the air. When some other person breathes the contaminated air, or touch infected hands or surfaces, he is exposed to the illness.
The signs and symptoms of infection
Early signs of influenza A (H1N1) are flu-like, including fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and runny nose, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhoea. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
Dos to stay away from 'Swine Flu'
Maintain hand hygiene, keep distance from affected person, watch out for symptoms and seek medical advice, sleep more, and drink plenty of water.
Do not self-medicate, do not rub your eyes and nose with your hands, do not go to crowded places.
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