Tuesday, June 6, 2023

H3N2 virus spread: Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad reports first death, 9th in India

Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad reported its first death due to the H3N2 virus, a 73-year-old man. With this, the death toll in India climbed to nine.

By India Today Health Desk: A 73-year-old man died in Pune’s Pimpri-Chinchwad after contracting the H3N2 influenza virus, an official from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation said. According to Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the deceased was also suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and atrial fibrillation (heart disease).

With this, India’s death toll due to the H3N2 virus climbed to nine. The first reported H3N2 death in the country was an 82-year-old man in Karnataka’s Hassan district.

According to data shared by the health ministry on March 10, 451 cases of the H3N2 virus have been reported in the country from January 2 to March 5. It also said it is keeping a close watch on the situation and cases are expected to decline from month end.

As many as 119 cases of H3N2 and 324 cases of H1N1 were reported in Maharashtra from January 1 to March 15. According to Maharashtra Health Department, “Three deaths are reported due to H1N1 infection whereas one death was reported due to H3N2 infection.”

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh also reported its first case of H3N2 influenza, where a young man tested positive for the virus in the state capital Bhopal.

H3N2 is a non-human influenza virus that normally circulates in pigs and has infected humans, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu viruses and can include fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, including body ache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.

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