Despite assurances from the state health department that the H1N1 is a seasonal flu and will abate soon, another life was lost in Nanguneri to the virus. According to The Hindu, a five-year-old died of Swine flu on Saturday in the Tirunelveli Government Medical College Hospital.
According to the report, the boy had been admitted to the hospital at 7.30pm on Saturday. He reportedly suffered from bilateral pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome and respiratory failure. He was referred from a private hospital in Tirunelveli and his blood test revealed that he was H1N1 positive.
As of February 17, 9 people had died and over 1000 affected by swine flu in Tamil Nadu. The Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department had issued an advisory with directives on how to avoid contracting the disease. According to ToI, 2015 was the last time that the state saw an upsurge in number of influenza cases. There were 900 people affected of which 29 succumbed to the flu.
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An officer, from the Public Health Department, further told The News Minute that the there was enough Tamiflu supplied to Government hospitals to tackle the epidemic. 20,00,000 capsules have reportedly been distributed across the state. In addition to those who contract the flu, the medicine is reportedly being administered to people who have come in contact with them as well.
The flu predominantly spreads from contact with someone who is infected. Even touching something held by an infected person and then keeping your hand near your mouth or nose could spread the virus.
The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to the regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigues. Diarrhoea and vomiting has also been associated with the swine flu.