Swine flu death toll crosses 1,800-mark; over 31,000 affected
New Delhi: Swine flu has claimed 42
more lives taking the toll across the country to above 1,800 on Wednesday while
those affected by the H1N1 virus inched towards 31,000-mark even as doctors
said the number of such cases is expected to dip with the rise in mercury.
According to the Health Ministry
data, 1,809 persons have died due to the disease while the number of those
affected across various states was 30,766.
Dr Randeep Guleria, head of Pulmonary
Medicine Department at AIIMS, said that swine flu cases will subside in the
next 2-3 weeks because of soaring mercury.
“Over the last few days, though the
temperature has been fluctuating due to unseasonal rains, but on an average it
has shown an upward trend, because of which cases are on decline. Even in OPD,
we are seeing less number of patients.
“If we see the government of India
figures of the last few weeks, then we will see that there is already a decline
in number of H1N1 cases and mortality. It is quite likely that they will
subside more in the next 2-3 weeks,” Guleria said.
He said swine flu cases tend to rise
during winter and monsoon months and also when humidity levels are high. Other
doctors pointed out that although there has not been any ‘dramatic’ decrease,
they hoped that the cases will decrease with the rise in temperature.
“Even in OPDs these days most cases
are of seasonal flu, which will hopefully decrease with the rise in
temperature,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, medical superintendent, Lok Nayak
Meanwhile, senior CPM leader Gautam
Deb’s condition today remained critical but stable after he was tested positive
for swine flu. Doctors attending him at AMRI Hospital, Salt Lake, said he was
kept in ICCU isolation and has been extubated while the 61-year-old leader is
however said to be alert, responsive and communicating.