Even with the onset of summer, swine flu continues to infect people in Hyderabad, as the city reportedly witnessed 11 new cases on Friday.
Stating that this included eight child patients, the Times of India reported that all of them had been admitted to the state-run Gandhi Hospital.
The TOI report also quotes a statement by the Health, Medical and Family Welfare department of Telangana, which said, “There are enough testing kits and kits for viral transport medium (VTM). The Institute for Preventive Medicine (IPM) is also providing free testing services to all in-patients from private 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 virus is no stranger to the state as it is an annual event, that stays in the spotlight for a short period every year, before fading away until the next season.
Usually, the disease stops spreading as summer approaches, and the overall temperature rises.
People have been advised to approach the hospital at the first symptoms of the disease such as high fever, sneezing, cough and body ache.
The hospitals have been asked to isolate people having symptoms of swine flu and send their samples to the IPM.
According to the government, there is no need for panic as it has adequate supply of medication and testing kits.