Eight swine flu patients critical in Pune

Pune: One more patient tested positive for swine flu on Wednesday. With this, the number of patients who have tested positive for the contagion at hospitals in the city has reached 579 so far this year. “Currently, the condition of eight patients with swine flu is critical and they have been put on ventilator support at different hospital in Pune city,” said a medical officer of (PMC).

“We have already increased our surveillance work, under which suspected patients are being timely screened and treated to arrest mortality. An assessment of deceased patients showed that delay in treatment was one of the main reasons for the complications and resultant death. We have also asked medical practitioners to administer oseltamivir to patients with co-morbid conditions within 24 hours,” said Anjali Sabne, assistant medical officer of health (AMoH), PMC

Experts attributed the sharp rise in swine flu cases and deaths in the state in the last two months to extended rainfall, wide fluctuation in day and night temperatures and co-circulation of other influenza.

Scientists at Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) have confirmed that the positivity of both the influenza viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) had collectively gone up to over 10% in September.

Besides the seasonal spike, the co-circulation of both the virus types (H1N1 and H3N2) is one of the reasons why the NIV scientists are seeing more cases of influenza-like illnesses these days. The H3N2 virus is co-circulating not only in Pune and Pimpri , but in other parts of the state as well.
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