Swine flu alert issued for Karachi

KARACHI: The Health Department Karachi on Thursday issued a swine flu alert for the city after the deaths caused by the disease in Punjab province.

Director Health Services Karachi has issued a notification in this regard. The heads and medical superintendents of public and private hospitals have been instructed to establish isolation wards in healthcare centres to deal with suspected swine flu influenza virus (H1N1) cases. The administration of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) has also been directed to make its Influenza Lab operational.

The recent deaths by the virus are reported from Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

The necessary directives have been issued to all personnel dealing with suspected cases to adopt the preventive measures. The hospitals’ heads must immediately inform the health department if suspected swine flu case is reported in their respective institutions.

Health professionals told PPI that swine flu virus mostly attack weaker and less immune people. H1N1 virus of swine flu contains a combination of genes from swine, avian (bird), and human influenza viruses. Mild symptoms of the disease might include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle or joint pains, and nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea.

Initially this virus was discovered is pigs and transmitted to human. The virus spreads through droplets like coughing, sneezing and using infected towels and handkerchiefs.

According to media reports, three people have died of the swine flu in Punjab province while over 25 have been infected from it so far.