H3N2 became fatal, two died so far, know how dangerous this virus is

H3N2 became fatal, two died so far, know how dangerous this virus is

How Deadly Is H3N2 Influenza: corona virus the risk of H3N2 influenza is increasing. Now this flu has become fatal. One patient each has died in Haryana and Karnataka due to this influenza. After this, the central government has become alert. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has instructed the states to be vigilant and continuously monitor the increasing infection. Along with this, all kinds of help have also been assured.

On the other hand, NITI Aayog has called a meeting of ministries on Saturday (March 11). In this, the condition of the states will be reviewed. According to the Union Health Ministry, patients of seasonal influenza are coming from December. The prevalence of H3N2 infection has also appeared to be increasing. The ministry hoped that by the end of March there could be a reduction in the spread of the infection.

What is the H3N2 virus?

H3N2 virus or influenza virus that usually spreads in pigs, when found in people, they are "variant" called virus. The virus was first identified in 2010 in American pigs. During 2011, 12 people with H3N2v were diagnosed with this infection. This was followed by 309 cases of H3N2v during 2012.

‘is a circulating strain of H1N1’

Medanta’s director Dr. Randeep Guleria has not described this virus as very dangerous. They said, "It is a virus that keeps on changing with time. This is called antigenic drift." They said, "Few years ago there was effect of H1N1 virus. The current circulating strain of the same is H3N2, so it is a common influenza strain. It spreads in the same way as COVID through droplets. They said, "With this, only those people who have serious diseases need to be careful."

What are the symptoms of H3N2?

According to the information given by WHO, symptoms like fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, tiredness, sore throat and runny nose appear when seasonal influenza is affected. Most people recover from fever within a week after contracting the infection, but a cough may take two or more weeks to clear up. 

How to prevent H3N2

To avoid H3N2, doctors have advised to take precautions like Kovid, including washing hands regularly and wearing masks. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asked to cover mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing, avoid touching eyes and nose, and take paracetamol for fever and body ache.

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