Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic now influenza H1N1 or Swine Flu is also being reported in Mumbai. Since the Swine Flu and Covid-19 have comparative illness presentation, specialists have advised that doctors should think concerning H1N1 is a patient doesn’t react to Covid-19 treatment.
An infectious disease specialist Dr Vasant Nagvekar had recently treated two patients with cold, headache and fever. One of two was recently recovered from Covid-19, since it is very rare to get re-infected with Covid-19 within 90 days, the doctors recommended H1N1 test. The result of the test came positive, said a report in The Times of India.
Dr Nagvekar has seen two cases of Swine Flu and a third case of H3N2, likewise a subtype of flu A. “The message here is there are other viruses in circulation and doctors should keep them in mind, especially when a patient is not responding to Covid treatment,” he said.
BMC health executive additionally affirmed that there have been two cases of H1N1 reported this year in BMC.
H1N1 has been broadly reported in Mumbai over the most recent couple of years. Mumbai had announced 44 cases last year and 451 cases and 5 fatalities because of H1N1 in 2019.
Dr Om Srivastava, expert of infectious disease said that since both H1N1 and Covid-19 are respiratory infections, right diagnosis is significant. He said that however there are likenesses, there are contrasts in the infection, their brooding and how they spread.
Adding, Dr Srivastava also said that there have been about 12 cases where patients have tested positive for both H1N1 and Covid-19. “In a majority, they turned out to be false positives for H1N1. But a positive report for H1N1 shouldn’t be disregarded since it can also cause severe disease and death,” he further said.
The report said that patterns recommend the event of H1N1 is cyclic leap is seen only in substitute years. After 2,287 cases and 246 fatalities in 2019, Maharashtra reported 121 cases and three fatalities last year.