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Mumbai civic body steps up survey as H3N2 cases reach 118 in the city

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With cases of H3N2 influenza rising in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is conducting house to house surveys to identify fever patients and people who are possibly at a risk of catching the virus.

Mumbai,UPDATED: Mar 16, 2023 00:54 IST

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been conducting door to door surveys as H3N2 cases increase in Mumbai (Representational photo)

By Pankaj Upadhyay: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is stepping up its door to door survey to detect H3N2 influenza cases. From January till March 15, Mumbai recorded 118 H3N2 cases. With cases rising, the BMC is conducting house to house surveys to identify fever patients and people who are possibly at a risk of catching the virus and have not sought medical care.

19 cases were recorded in January, 46 in February and 53 in March. India has so far recorded seven deaths from the H3N2 virus. Currently, 32 influenza patients have been admitted to hospitals across the city – four H3N2 cases and 28 H1N1 cases. All the patients are in a stable condition.

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The BMC released a statement saying Influenza is a sporadic viral illness which spreads through the air. Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, throat irritation, body ache , headache, diarrhea, vomiting, said the civic body. It added that these symptoms usually subside after treatment and there is no need to investigate them.

However, if a patient belongs to a high risk group or if the person develops additional symptoms, there is a need for investigation and hospitalization.

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All suspected influenza cases are being treated with Oseltamivir, an anti-viral drug, if the fever does not decrease within 24 hours. The treatment is available at all BMC dispensaries, 17 peripheral hospitals and five medical colleges.

Guidelines are being circulated to all private practitioners that if the fever doesn’t subside within 24 hours, Oseltamivir should be given immediately without waiting for the results of diagnostic tests (Swab is not mandatory in such cases).

Oseltamivir is available for free in all municipal hospitals, dispensaries, medical colleges and maternity homes in Mumbai.

Activities to raise awareness against the H3N2 virus are also being conducted with the help of posters, health talks, short movies, announcements in public, etc. These activities are used to inform people methods about how to prevent catching the virus, which include washing hands frequently, avoiding visiting crowded places, covering nose while sneezing and coughing and complete bed rest when suffering from fever or other symptoms.

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