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Swine flu claimed its first victim in Kota this year with the death of a 25-year-old man at a private hospital today, health officials said. Vinod Sen (25), teacher of a government school in Khatkad village in Bundi district, died of swine flu while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) of Kota Dr R N Yadav said.
Mr Sen was admitted to the hospital on May 11 and tested positive for H1N1 virus on May 13, following which his treatment started, he said. Medical teams have been sent to Khatkad village following reports of his death and tamiflu tablets distributed in his neighbourhood and to family members, he said. Tamiflu is a medicine used to treat swine flu. The medical officers have been asked to keep a watch over patients suffering from cough and cold in their respective areas, Mr Yadav said, adding that people have also been asked to consult a doctor in case of persistent cold and cough. Two swine flu testing centres are working here, he said. Last year, total eight swine flu deaths were recorded while 33 patients were tested positive for the deadly H1N1 virus in Kota, Yadav said.
What is the swine flu virus?
Swine flu is caused due to a zoonotic disease which originally was transmitted from pigs to humans and now spreads from one human to another. The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to regular influenza and include fever, headaches, chills, diarrhoea, coughing and sneezing. One can prevent infection by maintaining basic hygiene and wearing a proper surgical mask during flu season. The number of cases shoots up during the summers and monsoon seasons. There are various vaccines available to combat the disease and antiviral treatments for prevention as well. One should however only use these medicines under a doctor's supervision as indiscriminate use might result in susceptibility to the virus.
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:
Also read: Swine flu: All you need to know
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