Swine Flu Alert: Six Supreme Court Judges Down With H1N1 Virus

Justice D Y Chandrachud announced today in court that all judges had a meeting with CJI S A Bobde to take remedial measures as six judges have been infected by H1N1 virus

He said it was decided that SC will make vaccines available for the advocates for inoculation.

H1N1 Symptoms

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), H1N1 symptoms include fever, chills and sore throat and is similar to seasonal influenza but has been characterised by higher fatality rates among healthy young adults and higher incidence of viral pneumonia.

H1N1 in India

Since 2009, when H1N1 caused a global pandemic, strains of the virus have been circulating in India.

The worst years in terms of the number of cases and deaths have been 2015, 2017 and 2019.

The number of people infected with the swine flu virus is closely linked with the pattern of infection.

Tamiflu

The drug to treat influenza A (including H1N1) and influenza B is oseltamivir, better known by its brand name Tamiflu. The drug is effective only if administered at an early stage of the illness, preferably within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. Health authorities have therefore issued guidelines to doctors not to wait for a person to be tested and confirmed as H1N1 positive but treat anyone with clinical symptoms of the disease with the drug. Delayed treatment can lead to escalation of symptoms that can be fatal.

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