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Delhi swine flu update: Sixty test positive on Sunday

Written by Admin |Updated : February 17, 2013 10:18 PM IST

Sixty people tested positive for swine flu in Delhi on Sunday, taking the number of people infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the capital to 420, an official said. Sixty people tested positive for swine flu but there have been no deaths today (Sunday), a doctor at the Delhi Health Service (DHS) told IANS. This month the virus infected 262 people, of whom six have died. In January, 39 cases were reported and one succumbed to the virus. This year there has been a sudden spurt in swine flu cases compared to last year. Even small government hospitals in Delhi have reported swine flu cases, which was not so the previous year, the doctor said.
According to the Delhi government, 17 hospitals and five private hospitals are treating swine flu patients. In 2012, only 78 swine flu cases and one death were reported in the capital.

Prevention

Swine flu isn t a disease that you can catch from pigs. It is in fact, a human virus that spreads from one human to another. The virus is extremely contagious. Here are some swine flu prevention tips:

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  • It can spread through coughing and sneezing so always cover your face while doing so. And make sure people around you in office or home also follow this.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth too often
  • Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Always wash your hands before or after eating and particularly after returning from a public place.
  • Sometimes virus can spread through droplets that have remained on surfaces of things like laptops, phones so avoid using someone else s items.
  • Avoid public places, unhygienic conditions, etc.
  • If your city/area is swine-flu endemic, always wear a standard swine flu mask in public places (the H-95 mask which is worn by nurses and doctors while collecting samples from swine flu victims). Normal surgical masks which sell like hot cakes during swine flu season might not give enough protection.
  • If you feel sick and look like you are developing a cold or fever, stay at home and take enough rest. Rest has also been shown to increase interferons which help our immunity to fight the virus better. Keeping away from others also prevents spread of the infection.

Also read: Swine flu: All you need to know

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