H3N2 threat serious in Pune, virus spreading rapidly among young children, 17 percent sample positive

Pune: The world had not even recovered from the Corona period till now that a new crisis has started spreading its legs. For the last two months, a new virus is wreaking havoc. Now the outbreak of a variant of the virus associated with ‘influenza A’ is increasing rapidly in Maharashtra, especially in Pune district. A large number of patients are suffering from cough-cold and fever due to this H3N2 virus. Especially its effect on children has increased rapidly. ICUs in hospitals are getting full fast. Doctors are expressing concern due to its rapid spread, especially in children below five years. Due to the grip of this disease, a large number of children are being admitted to the hospital. The special thing about this disease is that like Corona, there is no medicine for it. That’s why there is no system for excessive use of antibiotics in this disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released statistics regarding this disease. 2529 sample tests were done, 428 were found positive According to ICMR data, 2529 sample tests were done in Pune city. Of these, 428 samples were found positive. That is, at present the rate of being found virus positive in Pune district is 17 percent. In the second part of February, H3N2 infection was found to be highest in ‘influenza A’ virus. According to the information given by National Institute of Virology expert Dr. Varsha Potdar, these samples are of patients admitted to the hospital suffering from the symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) in Pune district. ICU of children’s ward is full since 4-6 weeks Dr. Bhakti Sarangi, in-charge of children’s ward of Bharti Hospital, Pune said, "Our ICUs are full for the last 4-6 weeks. H3N2 is affecting infants and school-going children the most." Some patients had pre-existing liver and blood pressure problems. This disease is more fatal for such patients. There is a need to keep such patients in ventilator. Most of those put on ventilators are children below the age of five. In young children, complaints of sudden shortness of breath, cough and fever come to the fore. Apart from H3N2, symptoms like pneumonia are continuously visible. 92% patients suffering from fever, 10% need oxygen According to ICMR, about 92% of the infected patients were admitted to the hospital with symptoms of fever, 86% cough, 27% shortness of breath, 16% uneasiness and 16% pneumonia. are happening. Out of the patients admitted to the hospital, 10 percent of the patients are in need of oxygen.

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