Mumbai: Two people have died due to H3N2 in Maharashtra. A 74-year-old man and a 23-year-old youth died. The cause of death was reported to be infection with the H3N2 sub-type.
“Two people, including a 23-year-old first-year MBBS student from Ahmednagar, died of influenza. The student’s sample also tested positive for COVID-19, H1N1 and H3N2 viruses. A 74-year-old man also died in Nagpur after contracting H3N2, state health minister Tanaji Sawant said.
He said that with 361 cases of influenza reported in the state, the state health machinery has been alerted and guidelines will be issued in the next two days. The Minister advised to use mask and maintain social distance in crowded places. He warned about the medicine without a doctor’s prescription.
Influenza is caused by two types of viruses, H1N1 and H3N2. He said that the guidelines will be issued in the next two days after holding a detailed discussion with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
Influenza has been detected in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Thane, Sangli and Kolhapur. There are 303 H1N2 cases and 58 H3N2 patients in the state. Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, and pneumonia. The minister said that all the district and rural health centers have been activated with oxygen and alert has been issued.