The month of June, this year has seen drastic increase in swine flu cases in Mumbai when compared to the previous year. According to the Monsoon report released by BMC, 107 H1N1 cases have been reported in the fortnight of June 2017, while Swine Flu cases reported in previous year were zero.
Meanwhile, 177 cases of swine flu have been reported since January 2017. Also, 7 deaths have been reported so far in Mumbai. Whereas in the year 2016, only 3 cases of swine flu were reported in Mumbai and no deaths had occurred.
In Maharashtra 1315 cases of swine flu has been reported so far and 240 deaths have occurred. Only in the month of June 2017, 107 swine flu cases have been reported in Mumbai.
“H1N1 is a sporadic disease. We had seen its outbreak in 2015. Last year, the number was much lesser and this year we are witnessing a rise in the number of patients. It is not necessary that we will see its outbreak each year. It is necessary to take precaution.” Said Padmaja Keskar BMC’s Chief Executive Officer.
In 2015, Mumbai had reported 3,029 H1N1 cases and 52 deaths. In 2016, fewer cases were reported. Experts are surprised by the drastic increase in the number of cases this year as compared to last year. “We were not expecting so many cases this year. If you closely observe, most of the cases have been reported in last 15 days of May and beginning of June. This year there is change in the symptoms as well. Many patients are coming to us with high fever and loose motions which can be mistaken as gastro. The virus seems to be muted,” said Dr Vasant Nagvekar Infectious disease expert, Global Hospitals.