North India has been worst hit by influenza (A) H1N1 or swine flu this year
At least 61% cases reported from across the country coming from Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.
According to surveillance data collected under the government’s Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP), the week between January 28 and February 3 this year was particularly bad as 1,176 of the 2,101 cases that tested positive during this period were from the four north Indian states.
Again, of a total of 6,701 cases, as many as 4,114 were reported from these states with Rajasthan reporting 2,363 cases, Delhi 1,011, Haryana 490 and Punjab 250 cases.
Of 226 swine flu deaths, 117 were reported from three of these states, except Delhi that has officially reported no death.
Swine flu is highly contagious, and the virus is believed to spread through saliva and mucus particles.
5 ways to prevent us from an H1N1 flu virus:
- Wash your hands often. 2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 4. If you’ve got flu-like symptoms, avoid others until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people with flu-like illness.