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Dharshini, a girl aged just two and a half years, died of swine flu in Chennai on Saturday. Additionally, the girl had nephrotic syndrome, low levels of protein in the blood along with swelling all over the body. Officials say that the main cause of her death was not the A (H1N1) virus but nephritic syndrome.
The girl was taken to a private hospital on October 21 where she was diagnosed with nephritic syndrome and was prescribed steroids. 'We took her to a private hospital in Chetput on October 21 and the doctors told me that she was suffering from nephrotic syndrome and that she needed steroids.
She was discharged twice from the hospital and when we took her again on November 6, she was given antibiotics. Suddenly, she developed breathlessness and was taken to the ICU. On Saturday night, her condition worsened and doctors advised us to take her to either Ramachandra hospital or Children's hospital in Egmore,', Dharshini's father Senthil Murugan told Deccan Chronicle.
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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