Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The deadly H1N1 influenza virus has returned with five fresh cases of swine flu reported in the national capital on Wednesday, taking the total figure to 14 so far this year.
Three women and two men have reportedly tested positive for H1N1 (swine flu) virus, media reports quoted Charan Singh, Additional Director of the Health Department, on Tuesday.
The Health Minister JP Nadda had previously assured people that while there is no reason to panic, the central and state governments should be well prepared. He directed the governments to stock up on emergency requirements of medicine Oseltamivir, even though it has been for respective use, an official statement said.
Earlier last week, a 51-year-old woman from Ghaziabad died of multiple organ failure at national capital's Ganga Ram hospital after testing positive for swine flu.
Swine flu carrier, the H1N1 influenza virus, is prone to surface in winter months. It is characterised by throat problems, body ache and respiratory complications.
Common precautions are washing hands properly, avoiding crowded places and wearing masks.
The medicine generally prescribed for the disease is Tamiflu, which must be taken only after doctor’s prescription.
The first case of H1N1 virus first appeared in Mexico five years ago and rapidly spread around the world. As many as 981 people have reportedly died of swine flu in 2009, the year World Health Organisation called it a pandemic.
(With Agency inputs)