Chandigarh: Swine flu (H1N1) continues to spread in Haryana with the toll due to the disease this year rising to 37, health officials said in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Out of the 591 suspected cases which have been tested for the disease, 294 cases have reported positive. A health department spokesman said that out of the 37 deaths reported, seven are from Sirsa district while five have died in Faridabad district. Four each are from Panchkula and Karnal.

 

What is swine flu?

Swine Flu is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus called as H1N1. It is a mutated version containing genetic material that is generally found in strains of the virus that affect humans, birds and swine (pigs).

Symptoms

  • Sudden fever- 100 degrees F or above
  • Cough and sneezing
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhoea or stomach ache
  • Loss of appetite

Particularly at high risk

  • Having existing serious illness that weakens your immune system
  • Pregnant women
  • People of 65 years or above age
  • Children below five years

Precautions

  • Cover mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Cover your mouth and nose while going out
  • Maintain high level of hygiene
  • Wash hands frequently


Emergency help

Contact doctors and all government hospitals in case of any symptoms found.


(Agencies)

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