Flu (influenza) increasing in New Delhi and other Indian states

The flu strain that circulated during the 2009 pandemic (influenza A H1N1) is responsible for a sudden increase in influenza cases in New Delhi and elsewhere. In New Delhi, so far, there have been 507 reported cases and 16 known deaths. Similar increases in reported cases have occurred in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashrashtra and Jammu & Kashmir. There are probably many more cases in the community since many people do not seek medical care for the flu.

Influenza viruses are transmitted from person to person by inhaling small airborne respiratory droplets created when infectious persons cough, sneeze or laugh. These viruses are also spread by hand-to-hand and hand-to-mouth contact. Maintaining a small distance (1 meter) from a person with a respiratory illness and frequent hand washing will help reduce the risk of exposure.

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