H3N2 case confirmed in MP, patient isolated

BHOPAL: The first case of H3N2 influenza is confirmed in Madhya Pradesh.  The 26-year-old patient's swab sample has been sent to AIIMS Bhopal, said the state health department.

The patient, a Bhopal resident, is being isolated at home. Dr. Prabhakar Tiwari, the chief medical and health officer (CMHO) for Bhopal, verified that the case tested positive for H3N2.

According to the reports, the patient is now one of 14 new H3N2 cases that have been discovered this week across the nation, as reported by the ICMR laboratory network for ILI-SARI surveillance. There is no travel history for the patient. At this time, there are no recommendations for local H3N2 testing or home isolation.

Influenza A, B, C, and D, which are all members of the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses, are the four different strains that cause seasonal influenza, an acute respiratory tract illness. The most typical pathogen for humans among these is Influenza A.

Incidences of influenza are frequently reported to rise throughout particular months of the year on a global scale. Seasonal influenza often has two peaks in India: one from January to March and the other following the monsoon season.

The Union Health Ministry said, seasonal influenza cases should start to fall by the end of March. The illness typically has self-limiting symptoms like fever, body aches, coughs and colds, etc. and resolves within a week.

However, individuals in potentially high-risk groups, such as newborns, young children, expectant mothers, seniors over 65, and those with concomitant conditions, may experience more symptomatic diseases that may even necessitate hospitalisation. The majority of disease transmission occurs through airborne droplets produced by coughing and sneezing, which are then inhaled by other people.

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