Swine flu on the rise in India, no cause for alarm yet

Swine flu seems to be on the rise in India, with more cases being reported. As I write this post, there are 23 confirmed cases, with Hyderabad alone accounting for 12 cases. Bangalore has reported two cases, Jalandhar one. All suspect cases in Tamil Nadu have returned negative results so far.

The Deccan Chronicle carried an interesting article today, stating that the H1N1 virus is not deadly, according to doctors. The article quotes a respiratory physician from the Apollo Hospitals as saying that the virus is not as deadly as people are making it sound. He compares it to a mountain being built out of a mole hill; 99.9% of affected people are able to recover and resume a normal life, the doctor says, adding that there is nothing to be worried about.

With so many misconceptions about swine flu and its repercussion, it is time the state health departments came out with the correct picture, complete with the dos and don'ts. Since almost all the reported cases are connected to overseas travel, those planning trips abroad might do well to avoid going to countries that have reported swine flu cases. Prevention, as they say, is always better than cure. At the same time, there should be no attempt to blow up the issue so as to cause panic, when there is probably no need to.


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