HYDERABAD: Swine flu refuses to die down in Hyderabad and Telangana, as twelve new cases were reported in the city on Wednesday alone.
Stating that 100 samples tested positive out of 632 samples tested this month, the Times of India reported that 45 patients were tested on Tuesday, out of which 12 were found positive.
This comes less than a week after the Telangana government stated that it had witnessed sixty-eight reported cases of swine flu infection in the first 20 days of August, triggering an alarm.
At the time, a bulletin issued by the state government that said 461 samples had been tested from August 1 to August 19, and 68 of them tested positive for the virus.
However, the state has also maintained that no deaths had been reported this month, and the machinery had a sufficient stock of medicines and testing kits available at government hospitals.
Authorities had said that swine flu cases were being reported in the city again, as the temperature had gone down.
Swine flu is an infection caused by one of several Swine Influenza Viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common in India and Telangana.
The H1N1 virus spreads when you touch an infected surface or breathe droplets of coughs and sneezes that are in the air.
The symptoms are the same as the seasonal flu, also known as viral fever. They include cough, sore throat, and body aches. Young children, pregnant women, and older adults are more likely to develop complications.
The state-run Gandhi Hospital is the nodal centre to treat swine flu patients in Hyderabad.
The nodal agency for testing and confirming swine flu virus for AP and Telangana is the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM).