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One dies in Hyderabad due to swine flu

Two days after the first two confirmed swine flu deaths in Telangana, one more person died in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad, 17 January: One more person who has been affected by the deadly swine flu died on Friday in Hyderabad, two days after the first two confirmed swine flu deaths in Telangana.

According to Dr K Narasimhulu, swine flu coordinator at the Gandhi Hospital where a 51-year-old man from Bibinagar died of the flu said that the current seasonal outbreak of swine flu cases in Hyderabad has been attributed to the cold temperature because of which the number of swine flu cases is on a rise in Hyderabad.

On Friday, 11 persons including a 15-month-old boy and a two-year-old boy who were hospitalised with the flu symptoms have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus. They are being treated for the same, Dr Kandi Shubhakar, state coordinator for swine flu treatment, Telangana confirmed. Though the health officials say there is no threat from the deadly disease, the rapid spread of the flu is alarming. The number of positive swine flu cases since Jan 1 in state touched 116 and three deaths have been reported since. New Delhi also reported 20 fresh cases of swine flu.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to regular flu and include

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Cough and sneezing
  • Headache
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhoea or stomach upset
  • Loss of appetite

Although a normal person s immune system should be able to deal with swine flu some high risk groups include pregnant women, young children and people suffering from metabolic disorders like diabetes. People with COPD, cardiovascular conditions and any other disease which suppresses the immune system are particularly vulnerable.

Prevention

The H1N1/09 virus is a variation of the swine flu virus which doesn t spread from swine. The virus is extremely contagious. The virus enters the body through the respiratory tract. The tips for prevention include those that prevent contact with the virus, those that prevent its spread from the respiratory tract to blood. Also read how you can prevent contact with the virus.

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