Advisory Sounded after two ‘Swine Flu Deaths’ in Jammu

Srinagar, September 17, (Scoop News)- At a time when swine flu has raised its ugly head once again in the state of Jammu and Kashmir with eight positive cases and two deaths in the Jammu region, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Sunday urged doctors to prescribe early antiviral drugs to swine flu patients that would provide life-saving benefits to them.

President DAK and flu expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that early antiviral treatment would prevent the risk of serious complications and reduce deaths.

“A large meta-analysis conducted across 38 countries and involving more than 29,000 patients showed that early treatment with antivirals reduced the risk of death by 60 percent,” he said.

Dr Nisar said that the doctors should prescribe antiviral medication as soon as possible and should not wait for the lab test results as delay could be fatal.
According to a panel report, 70 percent of swine flu deaths this year at Pune were due to delay in treatment.

Studies have shown that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 48 hours of onset of the illness.

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