Influenza death toll in Multan reaches 38

Influenza death toll in Multan reaches 38

MULTAN: Three more patients under treatment from seasonal influenza at Nishtar Hospital, including two women, breathed their last on Tuesday, taking the total death toll from the disease in the past month-and-a-half to at least 38.

The deceased belonged Multan, Khanewal and Layyah.

Earlier, the health department had shared that 242 cases of seasonal influenza have been reported and presence of H1N1 virus has been confirmed in 120 individuals.

According to AKU, influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious infection that attacks the respiratory tract. “You or anyone close to you can get the flu,” says the AKU website. “Flu is usually not life impairing or fatal, however, children below 5 years of age or elderly above 65 years may suffer from serious complications and may need to be hospitalized. In older people, influenza is also more likely to lead to pneumonia​, bronchitis and other infections. In the worst conditions, influenza can also lead to death. Commonly “flu season” starts in winter with the weather changes and usually lasts until spring.​​”