H3N2 has been confirmed in a two and a half month old girl in Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla: H3N2 infection has been found in a two and a half month old girl in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
The girl is being treated at Tanda Medical College.
Kangra CMO Dr. Sushil Sharma said, "The first case of H3N2 virus was detected in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. A 10-week-old girl who tested positive was admitted to Tanda Medical College on Saturday for treatment of cough, cold and fever." was brought."
Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory tract infection caused by 4 different types of influenza A, B, C and D belonging to the Orthomyxoviridae family.
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Of these types, influenza A is the most common pathogen for humans.
Globally, influenza cases are usually seen to increase during certain months of the year.
India usually sees two peaks of seasonal influenza: one from January to March and the other during the post-monsoon season.
How long will the threat of influenza last?
According to the Union Health Ministry, the cases of seasonal influenza are expected to decline from the end of March.
In most of the cases, the disease usually gets better within a week with symptoms like cough and cold, body ache and fever etc.
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These people should be more careful:
However, potentially high-risk groups such as infants, young children, pregnant women, elderly people above 65 years of age and people with serious illness who may also need hospitalization may be more exposed.
Keep these things in mind:
Transmission of the disease occurs in the air from person-to-person through large droplets of cough and sneeze.
Other modes of transmission include close contact, including handshaking, and by touching a contaminated object or surface (fomite transmission).
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Medicine for influenza:
The Union Health Ministry has prescribed Oseltamivir as a drug recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to treat the infection.
"The drug is made available free of cost through the public health system. The government has permitted the sale of oseltamivir under Schedule H1 of the Drug and Cosmetic Act in February 2017 for wider access and availability."
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