173 people test positive for swine flu in NCR; All you need to know about H1N1 virus

There is an alarming rise in the number of swine flu cases in the national capital with 173 people testing positive for H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, in the last six days of this month alone, as per a data released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Till January 28, the disease took 18 lives according to news agency ANI.

A 35-year-old became the youngest to have succumbed to the infectious respiratory disease at Safdarjung Hospital, hospital sources told ANI.

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What is H1N1 virus?

Swine Flu, also known as H1N1 virus, is influenza that is said to have originated in pigs, from where it spread to humans. There are three categories of the H1N1 virus – A, B and C – while the first two are considered, stable, the last one is more deadly, and needs immediate ventilation support.

What causes Swine Flu?

The virus is highly contagious and can spread among humans through saliva and mucus of the infected person. The already affected people can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing, and one may get affected after touching a surface covered with the virus and then touching his or her eyes or nose.

Swine Flu Symptoms

The initial symptoms of H1N1 are quite similar to normal influenza with symptoms like fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, body ache, cough, nasal secretion, sore throat, chills, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Delhi has witnessed a rise in the number of swine flu cases this year, with 532 registered with cases so far at several hospitals.

Swine flu cases generally rise in the winter season and a majority of people contracting the disease in the month of December and January. Recently BJP President Amit Shah was hospitalized with swine flu.

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Notably, apart from Delhi, Rajasthan and other parts of the country too are witnessing a spike in H1N1 cases.

According to data compiled by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Rajasthan is the worst affected in the country with at least 1,856 (40 per cent) of the total cases being reported from the state as of January 27.

The state has witnessed 72 deaths in the past one month.

A total of 169 people died in the country of swine flu according to NCDC.

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