Uttar Pradesh health authorities have intensified awareness
campaigns and perked up preparations to tackle swine flu cases after an
engineering student tested positive for the disease in Lucknow on Wednesday.
"The girl was tested positive for swine flu in Lucknow but I have not received any medical report till Wednesday evening. We have heightened our vigil and asked all government and private nursing homes to remain on alert and report immediately any case with symptoms of swine flu. We have taken up an awareness campaign in both rural and urban areas," said Allahabad CMO Dr Padmakar Singh.
Authorities also said that there's no need to panic and in case of any emergency, one should consult a doctor. Dr Singh added that, "The department has issued precautionary guidelines that should be followed in case someone shows symptoms of the fever." Health department officials would be visiting educational institutions, etc., to apprise people about the disease, if needed.
Humans get infected with swine flu virus after exposure to infected pigs. It has also reported the cases of limited person-to-person spread of variant viruses. The viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human-to-human transmission of flu viruses occurs in the same way as of the seasonal flu in people, which is mainly through coughing or sneezing by infected people. People also become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.