New Delhi: The health concerns about swine flu are rising with more than 1000 people who are succumbing to the feared illness so far this year all over the country.
According to recent data, at least 1,094 people have died due to swine flu and 22,186 cases were reported by 20 August 2017, compared to 265 deaths and 1,786 cases in 2016. The figures showed a fourfold increase in deaths last year.
Experts believe that the steep rise in the number of swine flu incidence and mortality is mainly due to the circulation of the new virus, the Michigan strain, although it has not been proven, but scientific. The idea is supported by the AIIMS and the Pune National Institute of Virology.
What is Michigan Tribe? When did it spread to India?
Earlier this year, the National Institute of Virology in Pune had confirmed that the recent Michigan tribe of swine flu, which had been circulating in the US for the last two years, had made its way to Hyderabad and other parts of India.
Few cases of swine flu in Hyderabad also positively tested the mutated Michigan strain of the virus.
Before the discovery of the Michigan tribe it was above all the Californian strain.
Is there a cure for the Michigan tribe? Who is at risk of swine flu?
Following its discovery, the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month recommended to replace A / California / 7/2009 with A / Michigan / 45/2015 vaccine to combat the burden of the H1N1 virus. A / California / 7/2009 has been used as a vaccine strain since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
Anyone can catch swine flu, but the middle-aged and people with co-morbidities like diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cancer face greater risk of death due to influenza infection.
Preventive measures against viral influenza are the most crucial at this time as the existing influenza vaccine against the new strain can be effective.
The data from the Union’s Ministry of Health showed that a total of 22,186 cases were reported across the country, with Maharashtra conquering the highest death victims with 437 infected H1N1 infections followed by Gujarat at 269, Kerala at 73, and Rajasthan at 69 years.