March 5, 2013


India to study ecological factors related to swine flu spread


India's Gujarat government has decided to study the ecological reasons responsible for the spread of the swine flu virus due to the alarming rise in the number of deaths in the state related to the virus.


As many as 25 medical teams have been constituted which would visit various parts of the state. "Each team would prepare a comprehensive, comparative report on flu-prone and non-flu-prone regions, helping identify the basic principles behind the transmission of the virus, such as interplay of humidity, rainfall and low temperature," said Dinkar Raval, Deputy Director (Epidemics) and the state nodal officer for swine flu.

Of the 65 persons who died of swine flu this year, Raval said, 25% were pregnant women, 15% were diabetics and 10% were patients with major chest illnesses. The medical teams will be headed by the heads of the departments of preventive and social medicine at the five state-run medical colleges. Other members will be an assistant professor of the department, Information Education Communication (IEC) specialist, district Epidemiologist and a public health supervisor.


"The team will also study whether doctors are aware of the latest modalities of the treatment," he said.