H3N2 virus

Delhi Government issues advisory on H3N2, directs hospitals to monitor the situation


Delhi Government has issued advisory on H3N2 Influenza Virus. The advisory was issued by Health Minister, Delhi Government, Saurabh Bhardwaj advising children and the elderly to take special precautions.

Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “Viral peak is common during this season. The current influenza peak is impacting those who have been affected with covid-19 infection. The Elderly above 65 years and children below five years of age need to be more careful.
Bharadwaj also said the Centre has issued covid advisory to six states, but Delhi is not among them. “However, we are issuing an advisory on behalf of the Delhi government that avoid going to crowded places, keep washing hands, and other preventive measures,” he said.
The outbreak of the H3N2 influenza virus is reaching alarming levels in India.

What is H3N2 Virus?

H3N2 virus is a subtype of the influenza A virus, which is responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks. The H3N2 virus is named after the two main surface proteins on the virus, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N).

This subtype of the influenza A virus has been responsible for several pandemics and epidemics in the past. H3N2 viruses can cause severe illness and complications, especially in older adults, young children, and people with underlying health conditions.

H3N2 viruses are constantly evolving and can mutate quickly, which makes it challenging to develop effective vaccines and treatments. Therefore, it is essential to take preventive measures like getting vaccinated, washing hands regularly, and avoiding close contact with sick people to prevent the spread of this virus.

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