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First Death Due To H3N2 Reported In Karnataka – All You Need To Know

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Karnataka has reported the first death due to the H3N2 virus. The victim, named Hire Gowda, was admitted to the hospital on February 24, and he died on March 1. Two days after the death of the 82-year-old man, the reports confirmed H3N2 to be the reason for the same.

“On February 24, Hire Gowda was admitted to a hospital after he complained of a cough and cold. His samples were collected for H3N2. On March 1, he died. We received his report on March 3, two days after his death which confirmed him for H3N2.” said Eregowda, District health officer, Hassan.

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The Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar had appealed to the public to not panic over the rising cases of the H3N2 virus. Considering the rising cases of people affected by the infection, the government issued an advisory for health officials to avoid the spread of the same.

In their guidelines, the central government has set the target of 25 tests per week. Reports suggest that it affects children more than adults, and those under the age of 15 are likely to be under more threat of it than the rest. The guidelines have specifically warned children, senior citizens, and pregnant women to be more careful with the spread of the infection.

What are the symptoms of H3N2 influenza?

People contracted with H3N2 influenza show common symptoms, such as cold, cough, and mild covid. Some people might also suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea.

When to get tested?

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People need to get tested if they show symptoms of body aches, stuffy nose, headache, fatigue, chills, sore throat, fever, and cough.

People are advised to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings, wash their hands with sanitizers regularly and avoid touching their faces.

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