In the last couple of weeks, cases of coughing and fevers have increased among citizens due to the H3N2 virus, a subtype of the Influenza A family.
Influenza viruses, which cause the infectious disease known as flu, are of four different types: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A is further classified into subtypes, including the H3N2. The virus is characterized by cough, fever, body aches and headaches, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, and extreme fatigue. At the same time, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been seen in a handful of rare cases. Moreover, children under fifteen and elderly people with co-morbidities such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and weakened immune systems are more prone to contracting the virus.
Around 90 cases of the virus (first detected in 20110) have been reported thus far, including the death of two patients in Haryana and Karnataka. In Karnataka, an 82-year-old man succumbed to the illness following five days of a sore throat, cough, and fever. Additionally, he was also diabetic and experienced hypertension. He passed away at Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences on March 1st, 2023. The other patient, a 56-year-old man, died recently after being diagnosed with the virus in January; he was also a victim of lung cancer.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr. Nikhil Modi, Consultant, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi, said, “It is time for resuming COVID-era preventive protocols for we have to increasingly live with evolving viruses.” Although he assured citizens not to panic and to avoid taking improper medication, the union ministry said that they are closely monitoring the situation. "India every year witnesses two peaks of seasonal influenza: one from Jan to March and the other in the post-monsoon season. The cases arising from seasonal influenza are expected to decline from March end. State surveillance officers are therefore fully geared to meet this public health challenge," the ministry said. (Source)
The H3N2 virus, like any other influenza virus, can be prevented by maintaining sanitary habits and hygiene at home and while traveling to places. Moreover, having a nutritious and balanced diet can help build a strong and resilient immune system. This includes incorporating fruits, vegetables, fluids, and home-cooked food into your diet.
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