A total of 3,038 lab-confirmed cases of various subtypes of influenza including H3N2 have been reported till March 9 by the states.
As per the latest data available on the Integrated Health Information Platform (IDSP-IHIP), over 3,000 lab-confirmed cases of various subtypes of influenza have been reported till March 9 across India. This includes cases of H3N2. This information comes days after India recorded its first two deaths due to seasonal influenza subtype H3N2. Following this, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya asked states like Karnataka and Haryana (where one death each was reported) along with others to be on alert. States have been asked to closely monitor the situation considering the rise in the number of cases.
Not only cases of influenza, but Covid infection has also reported a spike after four months. The daily Covid cases were reported at 524 on Sunday.
The surge in influenza cases has been reported in the last few days as the number of H3N2 cases was 451 from January 2 to March 5, the data shared by the health ministry.
“Held a meeting to review the rise in the number of cases of H3N2 Influenza virus in the country. An advisory has been issued to states and they have been asked to be alert and closely monitor the situation. The government of India is working with states in order to extend support for public health measures to address the situation,” Mandaviya said after the meeting.
Who is most vulnerable to seasonal influenza
According to the statement, the government is tracking and keeping a close watch on morbidity and mortality due to the H3N2 subtype of seasonal influenza.
The Ministry has said that old age persons with comorbidities are young children are the most vulnerable groups.