Brace up for another round of surge in swine flu cases
following changes in the weather and lowering of temperature due to short spell
of rain, caution health experts in Lucknow.
Experts have stated several times that low temperature and
high moisture content in air facilitate spread and activity of the H1N1 virus.
A total of 33 new swine flu cases were reported in the past 24 hours taking the
total to 359 in the city. Eight
patients diagnosed with H1N1 earlier were hospitalized, taking the total number
of persons under treatment to 41.
"We spoke to Met department officials who said these weather conditions
would continue over the next 2-3 days. This may spell trouble for people with
low immunity who are generally vulnerable to infections, including swine
flu," said SNS Yadav, chief medical officer, Lucknow. He reiterated there
was no dearth of medicines for patients.
"The spate of H1N1 would persist at least till Holi. There's significant
difference between day and night temperatures, which allows the virus to
survive for a longer time. High humidity aids its spread, so prevention is
advised," said Dr T N Dhole Head of microbiology department, Sanjay Gandhi
Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Sciences.