Two medical students have tested positive for swine flu in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, taking the total toll in the district to three.
Earlier this week a woman was diagnosed with the deadly HINI virus at Doctor Rajender Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC). The two people who have fallen prey to the disease now are students at DRPGMC and have been shifted to isolation wards for treatment.
Medical Superintendent of DRPGMC, Dinesh Sood, said, "Masks have been distributed among students and staff members as a precautionary measure. We have reported three swine flu cases here and their treatment is going on. Health of these students who are under treatment is improving."
Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus and symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses. Symptoms for swine flu include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding. It is transmitted to humans primarily from ticks and livestock animals with an incubation period of up to 9-days. Human-to-human transmission takes about 2-weeks.