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Unseasonal swine flu deaths ominous: Doctors


KOLKATA: The H1N1scenario in the state will not be as horrifying as that of Rajasthan, however with 5 deaths reported since January this year — 4 from a single clinic — and over 25 patients being treated for swine flu in several hospitals around the city at the moment, the location in Kolkata looks grim as smartly. The numbers are unusualy top for this time of the year, say mavens.

Snehalata Das (85), who died of the virus on Tuesday, used to be a resident of SBI Housing Complex on Baikuntha Ghosh Road. “My mom used to be admitted to CMRI on January 28 with breathing hassle. We were given her discharged from CMRI on February 6, however her situation deteriorated once more. She used to be admitted to Salt Lake AMRI Hospitals on the same day. A take a look at used to be performed there, which showed H1N1,” stated Snehalata’s daughter Chandana Das.



The local civic authorities contacted the circle of relatives after the dying and gave them drugs which are used for treating swine flu. In a knee-jerk response, the civic body additionally went about sprinkling bleaching powder throughout the housing advanced where the H1N1 sufferer lived. “I have heard that someone else on this locality has additionally contacted swine flu,” Das stated.

Doctors working in extensive care units in numerous hospitals in the city stated there were a surprising spurt in swine flu cases during the last one month, which is moderately bizarre for this time of the year. Apart from common folks, pulmonologists and docs working in extensive care units are catching the virus due to their widespread exposure to swine flu patients.

According to health mavens, no up to date H1N1vaccine has come to the market since 2017. “The traces of such viruses exchange and it is difficult to test a scourge without effective vaccines,” stated a scientific skilled.

Sanjukta Dutta, head of the emergency drugs division at Fortis Hospital Kolkata, stated once a affected person is identified with H1N1, she or he should be isolated to stop a spread.

“Once a affected person catches the illness, the situation hastily deteriorates and precautionary measures like dressed in mask, keeping a distance of 3ft-5ft should be taken right away to stop its unfold. Those with flu-like symptoms should quilt their mouths and noses with a fabric when coughing or sneezing,” she stated.


Experts stated that since this used to be now not the swine flu season, the outbreak has come as a marvel. “In 2016, we had several deaths. H1N1 is an air-borne infection which spreads fast and simply. In a crowded city like Kolkata, number of cases may multiply in a question of days,” warned AMRI Hospitals marketing consultant Debashish Saha.


He added that the virus often spreads from crowded places like schools, colleges, public delivery and shopping shops. “Children should be made to put on mask to varsities. You can’t keep away from each public place, so it’s essential to be cautious,” stated Saha.


“We are undertaking regular surveys and visiting the places from where H1N1 cases are being reported. We are distributing drugs and undertaking consciousness campaigns on the dos and don’ts to stop a spread,” stated Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation MMiC (Health) Pranay Roy.





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