Flu: Don’t panic it is not swine flu but seasonal one: DAK
Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said a considerable rise in flu-like illness (FLI) has been observed, particularly among the children saying that the flu like symptoms shouldn’t be mistaken for swine flu.
In a statement issued here, President DAK Dr Suhail Naik appealed people not to panic and don’t pay heeds to any rumours as this is only a seasonal flu and not swine flu.
“The seasonal flu is a viral infection of the respiratory tract caused by an influenza B virus. Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough and chest congestion,” he said.
Dr Naik, who is a consultant paediatrician, said every year in winters, Kashmir witnesses outbreaks of the flu, known as seasonal flu.
“Flu season generally occurs during the fall-winter and early spring and is usually self-limiting and non-fatal. The current peak in seasonal flu may take peak when schools will open after long winter break as this viral infection easily spreads from child to child,” he said.
He said this seasonal flu is mainly due to the influenza-B virus as good number of children are developing muscle weakness due to viral myositis which is typical feature of the influenza B virus.