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Outbreaks of H1N1 of varying magnitude are expected: Health Ministry

Posted on Feb 13, 10:34AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12 : World Health Organisation (WHO) while declaring the pandemic to be over in August 2010 has conveyed that the influenza H1N1 pandemic virus would take on behaviour

of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

''Hence, in the post-pandemic period, localised outbreaks of varying magnitude with significant level of H1N1 transmission
are expected,'' a Health Ministry statement here today said.

''In the post pandemic period, our country had experienced outbreaks during the period August to October 2010, May to July 2011, March and October 2012 and now in January-2013,'' it added.

Increase in number of cases of Influenza A H1N1 are being reported at present from the states of Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.

''Small pockets of population who remained unexposed to the pandemic and susceptible would be affected,'' the statement

A large number of these cases would be presenting with mild influenza-like illness and as such requires no testing or anti-viral drug treatment, it informed.

However, it is important to get oneself examined at the nearest hospital in the initial part of illness to detect moderate illness and other associated risk factors that require hospitalisation, it added.

The anti-viral drug Oseltamivir is available free of cost through the State public health system, it informed.

A central stockpile of about 5.5 million tablets of Oseltamivir is also maintained, it added.

As the virus is circulating within the country, there is no need to impose any travel restrictions or screening at inter-state point of entry, railway stations etc, it said.

'The situation is well under control and is being monitored,' the Health Ministry said.