Doctors treating H1N1 patients are suspecting newer variants circulating in the city, with unusual symptoms emerging in patients with the viral infection.
While 15 samples sent from Mumbai to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) tested negative for H3N2 viral infection, doctors suspect the variant may be present in patches across Mumbai. There, however, has been no evidence to support that, they said.
Dr Om Srivastava said that women, mostly during pregnancy, have been diagnosed with H1N1-like infection but presented symptoms like hypertension, vomiting and diarrhoea. “Classic symptoms of H1N1 are fever, cold, sore throat, headache. These symptoms of hypertension are unusual” he said, adding that consultations are under way to assess the viral infection. “It is too soon to draw conclusions,” he said.
In October, Mumbai recorded 16 H1N1 cases as opposed to five in October last year. In September, one case was recorded. ENS