Delhi government has started taking measures to fight swine flu, which experts say is likely to hit the national capital with change of season.
Viruses proliferate the most during winter and people should be cautious about prolonged cough, fever and chest infection—the classic symptoms of swine flu. Many parts of the country, for example Ahmedabad, have reported an upsurge in swine flu cases over the past few weeks.
Swine Influenza (H1N1) is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza virus and spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or through touch. The medicine generally prescribed for the disease is Tamiflu, which must be taken only under doctor's prescription.
The state health department issued a statement on its preparation for the H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu), cases of which have been reported from some parts of the country, in which it said that more than one lakh capsules and syrups of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu/Fluvir) are already available with Delhi government and if required, more capsules and syrups can be purchased.
Swine flu had assumed epidemic proportions last season which continued till mid-April this year afflicting over 4,259 people and claiming 12 lives in the city.
"Our government is prepared to deal with any possible disease outbreak or upsurge in swine flu cases," said a senior official.