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The Current Swine Flu Scenario In India

After a strong cold weather, several pockets of swine flu cases are emerging in India. The current total death toll of Swine flu epidemic is 800 deaths. But, the numbers are growing as several cases are increasing the number of infected people.  We currently have more than 9311 number of people infected by SWF. With growing epidemic, health conscious people share this concern with a family clinic physician. Health care professionals from good-old family clinics share this vital information with the public.


What is Swine Flu? What are its symptoms? 


Swine Flu is the infectious disease caused traditionally by H1N1 virus. However, the current epidemic seems the result of the mutation of H2N3 virus. The most common symptoms of this infection of respiratory tract are:

  • barking cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • overwhelming fatigue
  • sneezing
  • fainting
  • watering of the nose and eyes 


It may take 1 to 4 days for the infection to become obvious.  However, the symptoms can continue to affect people for more than 2 weeks. Any person may fail to identify it as Swine Flu and consider it as influenza. Therefore, it is advisable to visit a family clinic for a swab test diagnosis. But, early diagnosis will eliminate the need for any extensive treatment at a specialty clinic or a multispecialty clinic.


Why is Swine Flu such a threat?


The mortality rate of Swine Flu is only 1%. That is great news for most people. In addition, any extensive hospitalization at a multispecialty clinic for health complication like respiratory failure is very rare. This panic about the epidemic can be, in fact, unnecessary and irrational. However, SWF is an airborne infection so this infection can spread widely and easily. That is the primary concern of SWF.


What is the treatment for Swine Flu?


The most commonly prescribed medication for SWF is Tamiflu. You need to aid this drug therapy with hydration with warm fluids and rest. In most cases, isolation is also recommended since it is an airborne infection.


However, in some cases, patients do need oxygen therapy to revive lung function. A common ventilator is not a good solution in such cases. Patients need extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or some other high-frequency ventilation. Your next door family clinic may not have all necessary equipment to support this form of treatment if required. A specialty or a multispecialty clinic is more suitable for Swine Flu patients, especially if there is a decline in lung function.


So stay calm, do not ignore minor symptoms and contact a doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment. 


Author Bio: Shalini Iyyer; a medical student in Chennai medical college, has an obvious passion for medicine and health care. That’s why; she shares her understanding of current health concerns such as swine flu with people through these articles. To know more about Swine Flu symptoms visit your nearest speciality clinic.