Viral Diseases in the Country

The pandemic of Influenza A H1N1 has subsided. The H1N1 influenza has moved into the post-pandemic period and is now circulating as seasonal influenza A H1N1 virus. Sporadic outbreaks have been reported from across the country. A total number of 4568 cases and 344 deaths have been reported from various parts of the country during the period January 2012 to November 2012.

Laboratory based surveillance to detect clusters of influenza like illness is continuing through Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP). Forty five laboratories throughout the country have been identified for testing of samples. Hospitals have been identified in States for strengthening isolation facilities. Critical care facilities at district level have also been earmarked. States have been requested to earmark screening centers of influenza like illness. For treatment of Influenza A H1N1, adequate quantity of Oseltamivir capsules is available.

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