The sudden changes in the weather with unseasonal rainfall and dip in temperatures is expected to play havoc in the state that is already reeling under the Swine flu virus that has recorded 368 deaths and close to 6,000 since January.
Keeping an eye on the sudden weather changes accompanied with unseasonal rainfall, the health authorities are concerned over the light rainfall received across the state on Thursday evening and further more rainfall and thunder showers as per the prediction of the meteorological department for the weekend.
After the recent study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that has warned of H1N1 virus acquiring mutations making it more severe and infectious than the version of H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009, the unseasonal rainfall accompanied by dip in temperatures and overcast skies throughout the day is another setback for the state.
Districts of Rajkot, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Vadodara received unseasonal light showers in the evening. The highest temperature on Wednesday was recorded in Amreli with 37 degree Celsius maximum temperature while Naliya and Bhuj recorded the minimum temperature of 17 degree Celsius. After the rainfall, these are expected to witness a decline across the state.
On Thursday, six more deaths and 75 new cases of Swine flu were reported from the state. One death each was reported from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Patan, Anand and Surendranagar.
While, the fresh cases were reported from Ahmedabad (23), Surat (7), Jamnagar (6), Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Kutch, Vadodara (4 each), Amreli and Kheda (3 each), Banaskantha, Bhavnagar, Anand and Morbi (2 each).
With the increase in temperatures reaching to the highest of 38 degree Celsius (maximum temperature) over the week, the health officials were a little relieved and were also attributing the weather for the slight decline in the number of Swine flu cases. “The situation is getting better as the number of cases has gone down with the weather getting warmer day by day,” the in-charge medical officer of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Dr Bhavin Solanki said on Wednesday.
Ahmedabad is the worst hit district as it has recorded the highest number of deaths and cases from the state, so far. Till Thursday, as many as 106 deaths and 2005 cases were reported from Ahmedabad alone.