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One case of H3N2 detected in Assam; health department on alert

Mar 16, 2023 08:49 AM IST

The state health department has started creating awareness on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette while monitoring the situation on a “real time basis”

The Assam health department on Wednesday reported one case of the H3N2 infection in the state, as the National Health Mission said a close watch is being kept on the “evolving seasonal influenza” through the integrated disease surveillance programme.

A health worker collects blood sample of a person as a precaution against the H3N2 virus. (AFP Photo)
A health worker collects blood sample of a person as a precaution against the H3N2 virus. (AFP Photo)

The department has started creating awareness on hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette while monitoring the situation on a “real time basis”.

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“Sufficient stock of test kits, medicines, consumables for diagnosis and case management have been maintained in all health facilities including medical colleges,” the National Health Mission in Assam informed.

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The department stated that cases of H3N2 and other seasonal influenza have symptoms like cold, fever, body ache and cough and patients usually recover within a week or so. But high-risk groups such as old people, pregnant women, children and people with co-morbidities might experience more symptoms and need hospitalisation.

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    Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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