The state also said that it had a sufficient stock of medicines and testing kits available at government hospitals.

165 patients tested positive for swine flu in August says Telangana govtFile photo: Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad
news News Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 08:01

The Telangana government released a bulletin on Tuesday, stating that 165 positive cases of swine flu had been reported in the state since the beginning of August.

Quoting the bulletin, PTI reported that 945 samples were tested since August 1 (till August 28), of which, 165 samples tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

However, no deaths have been reported.

The PTI report adds that 17 positive cases of swine flu were found in a single day on Monday, after testing 84 samples.

Last week, twelve new cases were reported in the city in a single day. 

The Telangana government stated that it had witnessed sixty-eight reported cases of swine flu infection in the first 20 days of August, triggering an alarm.

At the time, a bulletin issued by the state government that said 461 samples had been tested from August 1 to August 19, and 68 of them tested positive for the virus.

The state also said that it had a sufficient stock of medicines and testing kits available at government hospitals.

Swine flu is an infection caused by one of several Swine Influenza Viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common in India and Telangana.

The H1N1 virus spreads when you touch an infected surface or breathe droplets of coughs and sneezes that are in the air. 

The symptoms are the same as the seasonal flu, also known as viral fever. They include cough, sore throat, and body aches. Young children, pregnant women, and older adults are more likely to develop complications.

The state-run Gandhi Hospital, is the nodal centre to treat swine flu patients in Hyderabad.

The nodal agency for testing and confirming swine flu virus for AP and Telangana is the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM). 

 

IANS inputs

 

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