Don’t panic: Viral infection among children in Kashmir not fatal, officials say

Srinagar: With viral infection among thousands of children continuing in Kashmir, samples of infected children examined by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, have been found negative for swine flu, giving a big relief to doctors and people at large.

The six samples taken by the epidemiology division of the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, (DHSK) on March 16 were sent to the NCDC for identification of the virus, which had infected over 68 children at Pethkot village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The samples were taken from children who were suffering from fever, cough, sore throat, and nasal catarrh. The doctors had suspected that the children were infected by influenza-A H1N1 (swine flu).

However, the NCDC report has revealed that the samples taken from children in the age group of two to 13 years were found negative for influenza A and B.

Officials said that they had sent the samples of suspected swine flu cases to the NCDC. Fortunately, all the six cases have been declared negative and there is no chance of any epidemic, the said.

They said that the prevalent viral infection in Kashmir was not fatal and wouldn’t lead to health complications.

“The people should not panic and the infection would go within two weeks. It is a normal flu and can’t lead to health complications. People should avoid taking antibiotics,” they said.



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