Swine Flu is a respiratory disease caused by the H1N1 virus. It infects the respiratory tract of pigs and can be easily transmissible among humans. In humans, it results in a cough, fever, headache, and fatigue. The disease lasts about seven to ten days. This disease is infectious and can lead to death.
Swine Flu Transmission
H1N1 virus spreads quickly. The H1N1 virus spreads from human to human, either by inhaling the virus or by touching surfaces polluted with the virus. It is transmitted through the air by droplets containing the virus, from infected people sneezing or coughing. People can get infected by touching surfaces, where these airborne droplets have freshly landed and then touching the nose or mouth. The virus can survive outside for a few hours, on environmental surfaces (like books, door handles, etc.).
State of Swine Flu
The first outbreak in India was in 2009, and it is still an ongoing disease. India is observing an increase in the number of deaths and infections caused by Swine Flu this year. About 12,460 people have been affected by Swine Flu till July 2017. Most parts of India are in the hold of H1N1.
The health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has examined data of 337 H1N1 cases and 67 deaths registered in the city between 1st January and 17th July this year. People living in areas such as Kondhwa, Hadapsar, Bibvewadi, Dhankawadi, and Yerawada need to be extra careful against Swine Flu as the city’s mapping has found the maximum cases in these areas.
Furthermore, the condition of more than 10 patients with the H1N1 virus is serious. A 54-year-old woman died of Swine flu-dengue viral co-infection in the city on 9th July. This case is the first among a few viral co-infection cases reported in the city this year, so far.