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Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh diagnosed with Swine Flu

Swine Flu, Also Known As H1N1 Flu, Is A Human Respiratory Infection Caused By A Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) That Started In Pigs.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 28 Jan 2019, 09:23:51 PM
Former Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh diagnosed with Swine Flu (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who on Sunday was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, has been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, popularly known as Swine Flu. The Congress leader is currently undergoing medical treatment, according to reports.

"Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh diagnosed with H1N1 influenza (Swine flu). He is being treated at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla," the news agency ANI reported.

Swine flu continues to wreak havoc with over 2,500 people tested positive and over 100 deaths reported across the country. Out of the 100 deaths, 70 were from Rajasthan only.

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is a human respiratory infection caused by a Swine Influenza Virus (SIV) that started in pigs. H1N1 virus spreads from person-to-person, through large droplets generated by the act of coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface and close contact, including handshaking, hugging and kissing.

The symptoms of Swine flu include a cough, sore throat, and body ache among others. The symptoms are often similar to that of seasonal flu or viral fever and hence should not be ignored. The virus can prove to be fatal in case of diabetics, children and elderly people.

If one individual is sick or has any flu-like symptoms for a long time should consult a doctor on an immediate basis. People with swine flu symptoms are also advised not to go to school or work. The most effective way to prevent the disease is going for early medical advice and avoiding contact with people tested positive for H1N1 virus.

The Do's and Don'ts released by the government mention covering nose and mouth with disposable tissue or handkerchief while coughing or sneezing, washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding crowding places, maintaining isolation, drinking plenty of liquid and consulting doctor.

As per the advisory, one should not touch eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or hug, kiss and shake hands while greeting or spit in public places, dispose of a used napkin or tissue paper in open areas, smoke in public places.

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First Published : 28 Jan 2019, 09:10:16 PM