16 Mar 2023

H3N2 Virus: 2 Succumb In Maharashtra, 32 Hospitalized In Mumbai; CM Eknath Shinde To Hold Meeting Today

Mumbai: Two people have succumbed to H3N2 virus in the last seven days in Maharashtra, the state health minister has confirmed in the state assembly. The deceased include a 23-year-old medical student in Ahmednagar who had gone to Alibaug last week with his friends. After returning from there, his health started deteriorating.

Besides, a 72-year-old man from Nagpur with co-morbidities also succumbed to H3N2, which is a subtype of Influenza A virus

According to The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there are 32 patients admitted in Mumbai, out of which 4 patients are H3N2 and 28 are H1N1 or swine flu patients. The condition of all these patients is currently stable.

In view of the threat of influenza H3N2 in the state, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde will hold a meeting with health officials today.

Hospitals put on alert

State Health Minister Tanaji Sawant said that patients infected with H3N2 virus are being treated and hospitals have been put on alert. He said that H3N2 virus is not fatal and it can be cured through treatment, so there is no need to panic.

Schools in Puducherry closed

Meanwhile, cases of H3N2 have been reported from other states as well. All schools in Puducherry have been closed from 16 to 26 March as a precautionary measure. 

The death of a 58-year-old woman is being claimed due to H3N2 virus in Gujarat's Vadodara. Although it has not been officially confirmed. A case of H3N2 virus has also come to light in Assam on Wednesday.

India has recorded almost 600 influenza cases, of which 451 of them have been classified as H3N2, according to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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