Swine flu cases in Delhi breach 4000-mark

With 51 fresh cases reported Monday, the number of swine flu cases in the national capital has now crossed the 4000-mark.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015, 21:07 PM IST

New Delhi: With 51 fresh cases reported Monday, the number of swine flu cases in the national capital has now crossed the 4000-mark.

The number of deaths still stands at 11 with no more deaths reported so far. The cumulative figure for cases detected till date stands at 4,049.

The Health Department officials of Delhi government are concerned about the sudden changes in the weather with unseasonal rainfall and dip in temperature, creating conditions which are conducive for the growth of the virus.

"Though of late cases have gone down, these sudden unseasonal rains are a matter of worry. We have enough stock of medicines and also hospitals are well equipped to deal with any kind of emergency. We are constantly monitoring the situation," a senior Delhi government official said.

Today 241 people were tested out of which 51 tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus.

"Elderly people, diabetics, those with kidney problems, cancer patients and pregnant women are at risk and thus should get themselves vaccinated and take common precautions like washing hands properly, avoiding crowded places and wearing masks," the official said.

"H1N1 influenza spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or through touch. The medicine generally prescribed for the disease is Tamiflu, which must be taken only after doctor's prescription," the official added.