SKIMS Director briefs press regarding Swine Flu; says 71 detected, 2 deaths

Health officials in Kashmir have sounded swine flu alert in the valley after the death of two patients due to the H1N1 virus and confirmed 71 patients had contracted the infectious pathogen in recent days. However, they said there was no need to panic but preventive measures must be taken to halt the disease spread. With the increasing number of patients testing positive with the H1NI Virus, authorities issued an advisory asking people to avoid public gatherings and suggested the government to extend the winter break of schools for next few weeks while advising the affected people to self-impose a quarantine or medical isolation to control spread of the infectious disease

Director Sheri E Kashmir Institute Medical Secence  (SKIMS) Dr Showkat  Ahmad Zargar addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 and briefed about recent swine flu cases in the valley.

Here are the major points he summed up.

1. We have been witnessing swine flu as seasonal infection from month of october

2. Hajj pilgrims returning were first detected with infections.

3. 670 suspected samples received, 113 infected with influenza.

4. only 71 tested positive for swine  flu and two deaths confirmed.

5 . 30 year old man and 35 year old woman died due to the virus.