Swine flu changes pattern, gives headache to city doctors

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, say doctors

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It has just six months since the year began and we have already witnessed 254 deaths of swine flu in Maharashtra, states a report by the State Epidemiology. The report says that out of 1,450 cases of swine flu, 254 have died from the state of Maharashtra.

Earlier this month, My Medical Mantra had reported that Maharashtra had 1,315 cases of H1N1 of which 240 were deaths. 14 deaths have taken place, raising the toll of deaths due to swine flu.  “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 at times. The virus seems to be muted,” Dr Vasant Nagvekar Infectious disease expert, Global Hospitals, had said to My Medical Mantra earlier.

In Maharashtra, Nashik (35), Pune (43), Nagpur (22), Mumbai (9) and Thane (7) have fallen prey to the disease. Most doctors believe that this shouldn’t have been the course, “This is not the season for swine flu. We generally get swine flu cases from October to February. But we are seeing a rise in the number of people with swine flu in June than May,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, practicing infection diseases and immunology.

There are multiple causes of swine flu, however, it can be attributed to the change in climate, says Dr Om, and “There are multiple causes for swine flu like immune responses. But, change in the humidity can be said as one of them.”