NEW DELHI: With a high number of suspected cases of Influenza Types A and B being reported in Delhi, a doctor at the prestigious AIIMS on Thursday advised people not to take the symptoms of the disease lightly.
Though the exact number of influenza cases has not been specified by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), most patients coming there are complaining of sniffling, aches, cough, and high fever.
Dr Gaurav Gupta of the Medicine Department said: “Influenza should not be taken lightly. Patients should immediately consult a doctor in case of symptoms of the disease. Patients with flu-like symptoms must be screened at healthcare facilities, monitored, and their condition reassessed after every 24 to 48 hours. Patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with the public and high-risk members in their family.”
Swine Flu or Influenza A (H1N1) flu is an acute respiratory disease caused by swine influenza A strain. It is highly contagious.
Influenza epidemics are usually at their peak during winters, especially from mid-January, and subside by April. Influenza or flu cases again rise in the monsoons, that is, from August but lose intensity by November. (IANS)