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Take precautions against swine flu, say doctors

VISAKHAPATNAM:Even though there is no cause for panic now, doctors have asked citizens to exercise caution with sporadic cases of swine flu being reported in city. Death of a pregnant woman was reported a few days ago and at present there are two other cases of hospitalisation though the patients are recovering.

Medical superintendent of Government Hospital for Chest and Infectious Diseases Dr Sambasvia Rao said, “If a person suffers from sore throat and high fever, he/she should immediately visit the nearest health centre where required treatment with Tamiflu medicine can be administered. The response of the patient to treatment also depends on their immunity or resistance power. It’s also advisable for people to wear masks, especially when they are in crowded places to avoid transmission of the virus.”

Health officials say it’s treatment at the right time that goes a long way in saving the life of patients. Right now, it’s not very cold in the city for the H1N1 virus to be virulent, but people keep travelling to and from other places which enhances the risk of getting affected by the swine flu virus.

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