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M.P. Shah gives crucial update to those with ‘flu like symptoms’

By Vincent Kejitan | July 23rd 2019

M.P. Shah Hospital on Tuesday gave an update to those with ‘flu like symptoms’ after a patient died at the facility over the weekend.

Through a statement seen by Ureport, the hospital acknowledged that on July 18, 2019, a patient was admitted with signs and symptoms of a respiratory tract infection but the condition worsened and was pronounced dead on July 20, 2019.

The hospital stated that it alerted officials from the Ministry of Health and samples were taken to the National Public Health Laboratory and National Influenza Center for further investigations.

“We have been advised by the subject matter experts that the strain identified is part of the seasonal influenza strains and constant surveillance is being carried by the authorities on the same.

“We would like to advise members of the public not to panic. Those with ‘flu like symptoms’ should ensure they follow coughing etiquette and hand hygiene practices,” read the statement.

Further, those with symptoms and fever not responding to common antipyretic medication have been asked to seek medical advice from health facilities.

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. It is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:

  • Young children under age 5, and especially those under 2 years
  • Adults older than age 65
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and diabetes
  • People who are very obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

Symptoms include:

  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
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