Unfortunate Comeback: H1N1 Surfaces In Mumbai After Nine Months, October Witnesses Steep Rise In Cases 

Unfortunate Comeback: H1N1 Surfaces In Mumbai After Nine Months, October Witnesses Steep Rise In Cases (@airnewsalerts/Twitter)

Mumbai has seen a steep rise in H1N1 cases during the first 15 days of this month after registering the first case of the year in September, DNA has reported. 13 cases of H1N1 have already been registered in Mumbai during October.

“We have been getting a few suspected cases of H1N1, but not eventually end up being diagnosed with the illness. However, we have kept the emergency vaccine ready for the high-risk group people. If a person, who we suspect is suffering from the disorder, is tested and shows severe symptoms, we can immediately start with the treatment procedure," executive health officer of the BMC's public health department Dr Padmaja Keskar told DNA.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) public health department has provided the statistics of registered cases in its health report for monsoon-related diseases in the city. However, the number of cases are remarkably lesser than 2017, when 995 cases were registered and 18 deaths had been recorded.

The H1N1 virus causes swine flu. Its symptoms include fever, cough, body ache, nasal secretions, headache, fatigue, loose motions and weakness. Data available on H1N1 cases in the city show that the number of cases have increased and fallen every alternate year.