One swine flu case detected in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: A person was confirmed to have contracted H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku of the Capital.

According to infectious disease specialist Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, a man from Lalitpur, was tested positive for swine flu during his treatment at the hospital.

Cases of swine flu were detected among the patients during the monsoon last year, shared Dr Pun, adding that the person visiting the hospital was unaware of the infection until he was diagnosed by the doctors.

Dr Pun said, "He had been suffering from fever for a long time, combined with the continuous common cold for two weeks. We detected the infection on him during the diagnosis."

The common symptoms of the swine flu infection are cough, fever for more than 10 days, sore throat, body ache and fatigue among others.

People with low immunity are more vulnerable to swine flu and they can communicate it to others by sneezing or coughing openly.

He advised people to consult doctors in case of experiencing above symptoms and to observe precautions such as wearing a mask while sneezing or coughing, washing hands and eating fluid.

Studies have shown that the people in places with air pollution are at a higher risk of swine flu, suggested Dr Pun.