2 Swine Flu Cases Detected In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Two persons, including a woman, have been found to have been infected with swine flu or H1N1 virus in Odisha.

This was informed by Director of Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra.

Of them one is a 38-year-old male and the other is a 28-year-old female, Dr Mishra said.

He has further stated that both have been admitted to a private hospital here and added that their condition is stated to be stable.

The Director of Public Health said that the infected had no travel history.

He said swine flu cases are generally seen twice a year-one before the monsoon and another in the winter season.

“Usually we have two peaks of swine flu one is this one (pre-monsoon) and another during winter,” said Dr Mishra.

The first swine flu case was reported in Odisha in 2009 while 414 positive cases and 54 deaths were reported in 2017. No such cases were reported during the last two years, during the Covid-19 period, sources said.

Seasonal influenza (H1N1) is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease that spreads from person to person, through large droplets generated due to coughing and sneezing, indirect contact and close contact.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared its first-ever Public Health Emergency of International Concern for the H1N1 virus in April 2009. About 2,84,500 people were reported to have been killed by the epidemic, while the actual number may be much higher.