Karnataka, Haryana each record one H3N2 variant death

According to health department sources, the elderly man from Alur in Hassan died on March 1

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With the death of an 85-year-old man in Hassan, Karnataka recorded its first death from H3N2 variant in the state. Another death has now been reported from the state of Haryana.

According to health department sources, the elderly man from Alur in Hassan died on March 1.

Commissioner of Health Department D. Randeep, who had advised to conduct an audit of the death, confirmed that the demise was due to the H3N2 variant on Friday.

The now-deceased man carried symptoms of fear, chills, cough and sore throat.

Following the death, teams from the health department are carrying out medical tests at Alur and surrounding regions.

The swab samples are being collected from people with symptoms and sent for testing.

The department has given directions to monitor people with comorbidities and those above 60 years of age. The awareness is being created among people not to go for self-medication if they develop symptoms.

More than 50 cases of H3N2 have been reported across the state and six cases are confirmed in Hassan district alone, the sources stated. The state government has held a high level meeting and also released detailed guidelines in this regard.

Health Minister Dr K. Sudhakar stated that "The children below the age of 15 years face more danger from the H3N2 variant. It also infects persons above the age of 60 years. Sudhakar had also advised that pregnant women also should be careful.

The Indian Medical Association on Saturday cautioned against use of antibiotics and said the mounting infections are due to the H3N2 influenza virus, which lasts between five to seven days.

“A sudden increase in the number of patients having symptoms of cough, nausea, vomiting, sore throat fever, bodyache and diarrhoea in some cases,” the IMA wrote on Twitter.

“While fever goes away at the end of three days, coughs can persist for three weeks,” it added, advising doctors to avoid prescribing antibiotics to such patients.

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