Following the detection of H1N1 (swine flu) cases in Pune,city doctors have warned people to neglect extreme cases of cold and cough. Doctors said fluctuating temperatures could be a major cause of the re-emergence of the H1N1 virus. Some hospitals in the city have even sent swab samples of suspected swine flu patients to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation.
We have suspected one case and the swab sample has been sent for analysis. The report is awaited. As of now,other patients are being treated symptomatically, Dr Tanu Singhal,infectious diseases expert at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital,said.
It is possible that the strain has undergone variation due to which it has re-emerged. What really needs to be done to check a possible outbreak is to send suspected samples for analysis. This will help in early detection and timely treatment, Singhal added.
The patient,a 51-year-old autorickshaw driver,was admitted to Bharati Hospital in Pune after he tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
Initially admitted for pneumonia at a private clinic,he was later shifted to the hospital after his reports came positive.
State surveillance officer,Dr Pradip Awate,however,said there is no cause for panic as Mumbai has not reported any positive swine flu cases yet.
There will be sporadic cases of swine flu from time to time,but there is no need to hit the panic button. This is definitely not an indication of an outbreak, Awate said.
While no case has been reported in the city yet,but people should exercise caution,warned a BMC official. Not just prolonged fever but cases of extreme cold and cough should be checked. Children and senior citizens should be particularly careful as upper respiratory ailments could worsen and make them susceptible to the virus, the official said.