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,
According to sources, the girl student had tested positive
for swine flu in the state capital but it is yet to be determined whether she
contracted it in Allahabad or Lucknow.
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