India is experiencing a rise in the cases of H3N2, H1N1 (Swine Flu), and COVID-19. According to a survey by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), 955 cases of H1N1 had been reported by states in India, until February 28.
States such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Kerala are leading the charts in the reported cases of H1N1.
The report also stated that in the month of January, over 4 lakh cases of acute respiratory like illnesses were reported in India, which rose to 4.36 lakh in February.
“All the patients with febrile illness aren’t getting tested. There is no need to. However, it is true that there is a mix of viral infections doing the rounds and that has led to a surge in ARI/ILI cases. The rate of complications or hospitalisation needed is high, especially among the elderly and people with pre-existing comorbidities,”said Dr.Rommel Tickoo.
The health ministry confirmed that 2 people have died due to H3N2 in India. Given that all these diseases spread through droplets, it has been suggested to wear masks and avoid touching one’s nose and mouth.
According to the Health Ministry, H3N2 accounted for over 79% of the influenza virus found in the samples. Influenza B is the second most common type and Influenza A (H1N1) is the 3rd most common type of influenza detected.