In 5 years, 87 die of H1N1 influenza in JK
In the past five years, at least 87 people died due to swine flu in Jammu Kashmir, with 2019 witnessing the highest number of deaths.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which maintains the records of swine flu cases across India under its Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP), at least 27 people died of swine flu in Jammu Kashmir in 2019.
Twenty people died of swine flu in 2015, the year 495 people were detected positive for the seasonal virus.
However, in 2016, only few cases were detected positive and there was no death.
Twenty six people died of H1N1 influenza in 2017, the year when 140 people were detected positive.
However, 2018 again recorded decline when 17 people died of the virus.
Every year, especially during the winter months, swine flu cases are recorded across Jammu Kashmir.
In November last year, following dip in temperature, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) started receiving swine flu positive cases.
Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said nearly 20 swine flu positive cases had been admitted this season although no one had died.
Compared to the previous years, this season saw dip in the number of H1N1 influenza positive cases.
Jan said, as a precautionary measure, they earlier vaccinated hospital employees, especially those who work in high-risk areas like Intensive Care Units and in emergency areas.
A senior doctor at the institute, who treats the influenza patients, said H1N1 would continue to prevail during the next two months.
“We continue to receive cases and it will continue until January and February. H1N1 influenza mostly affects those people who are ill,” the doctor said.
An acute and highly-contagious respiratory disease of swine is believed to be the same virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic.