ISSN: 2249–9504
CAS CODEN: IJPCDX

SWINE FLU(H1N1 VIRUS): A PANDEMIC GLOBAL HAZARD

Abstract

Author(s): S. Arun Satyadev, V. Uma shankar, B. Divyanjali, CHKK. Prajyna

The outbreak of swine flu has become an alarming red alert and a ticking pandemic time bomb
around the world and mostly in India. The dreadful influenza virus (H1N1) has affected all the
continents in the world. According to the recent swine flu updates around 33,000 people were
infected with this deadly virus in India and around 2000 people were reported death cases in
different parts of India. As it is a new virus and people have not developed immunity towards it.
Mostly children and pregnant women are affected and people suffering from respiratory tract
diseases like asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis are mostly prone to this mercy less virus. The health
care sector should work in an efficient way to get rid of this pandemic virus by encouraging the
pharmaceutical companies to develop novel antiviral lead molecules which work efficiently than
the prevailing drugs , the present antiviral drug used for treatment are oseltamivir and zanamivir
as an alternative drug. Proper sanitation facilities, vaccination, different diagnostic procedures to
quarantine the infected people, preventing the mass gatherings, providing masks to cover mouth
and nose has to be taken care off to protect from spread of the virus . The government also has
to take necessary proactive measures to prevent the spread of this dreadful virus by public
awareness with the help of electronic and print media. Hence, clinical management of this virus
has to be taken prior importance.

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