H3N2 influenza virus is a type of influenza virus that is responsible for causing a large number of illnesses and deaths in humans each year. It is a subtype of the Influenza A virus and is the most common cause of influenza-like illnesses in humans. H3N2 is highly contagious and can spread easily through the air via coughing and sneezing.
It can also be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs and handrails. Symptoms of H3N2 include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and coughing.
In past recent days, India has experienced rise in the cases of H3N2 influenza virus cases. The cases of H3N2 influenza viruses are rising all across the country. As per the medical experts, this virus is deadly for the people with low immunity (Mostly kids, elders and people suffering from diseases). Doctors have advised extreme precautions for the people with low immunity as they are more venerable to the virus.
955 cases of H3N2 virus have been reported in India, these numbers have risen and are still rising. According to the Union Ministry, two people died in Karnataka and two people died in Haryana. Recently Maharashtra reported two deaths, with the Assam reporting the latest case of the virus. Gujarat has also reported three cases of the virus.
On Wednesday, BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) reported 32 cases of H3N2 virus. Overall Maharashtra has reported 352 cases of H3N2 virus. In Delhi, the hospitals are witnessing rise in the cases of H3N2 virus. There has been 150 percent increase in the patients infected with H3N2 Influenza virus.
In Odisha, total of 59 H3N2 influenza cases have been reported out of 225 samples collected in the month of January and February this year. In Tamil Nadu cases of H3N2 virus have been risen to 25 from 2 cases.
The H3N2 virus is fairly easily treated by encouraging people to drink more fluids and stay hydrated. To alleviate the symptoms, regular over-the-counter drugs for fever, coughing, or headaches might be taken. About this time each year, flu shots should be given and taken to prevent the influenza virus. It is advised to see a doctor if symptoms are severe.