With pork supplies dwindling as leading producer China and hard-hit Vietnam destroy huge numbers of hogs and tighten controls on shipments, prices have soared by up to 40% globally and caused shortages in other markets.
The highly contagious virus, which affects pigs but not humans, has been found in hog farms around the world for years. But the current outbreak affects a region where pork is often the primary staple of local diets.
A sharp spike in swine flu cases has caught Delhi’s hospitals by surprise, with isolation wards running full and doctors advising abundant caution. Astha Saxena looks at how the healthcare setup is dealing with the crisis.
According to officials of the health department, of the 18 samples collected on Monday, six new cases tested positive of which five are from the Vadodara city limits while one case was reported from Bharuch.
The doctor advised flu patients against long-distance travel. ‘’Those infected must be isolated. Four swine flu patients are still undergoing treatment in the isolation ward of GMCH. We have sufficient stock of Tamiflu and masks required to curb the spread of the disease,’’ he added.