H2N3 Virus Alert: Know the Symptoms and Protect Yourself Now
The cases of the H3N2 virus are increasing in India. According to the Indian Medical Association i.e. IMA, usually, people below 15 years and above 50 years of age are falling ill due to this virus.
The elderly, children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to infection or those people who have any problems like asthma, diabetes, heart problem, weak immune and neurological problem, are at risk of H3N2.
What is H2N3 Virus?
H2N3 is a type of influenza A virus subtype that can infect birds and humans. It is a strain of the influenza virus that can cause respiratory illness in humans, similar to other strains of the flu. H2N3 has been known to cause outbreaks in domestic poultry. It is important to note that the H2N3 virus is not currently considered a pandemic threat to humans.
Symptoms of H2N3 Virus
The symptoms of H2N3 influenza in humans are similar to those of other types of flu and may include:
Symptoms usually begin to appear one to four days after infection and can last for several days to a week or more. In some cases, complications may develop, especially in those with underlying health conditions, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or sinus or ear infections. If you experience flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your health, it is important to seek medical advice.
When to go to the doctor?
If you are experiencing symptoms of H2N3 influenza or any other type of flu, it is recommended to seek medical advice if:
Your symptoms are severe or persistent, or if they worsen over time.
You have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
You have a high fever that lasts for more than a few days.
You have a cough that produces thick, green or yellow mucus, or blood.
You have chest pain or pressure.
You experience dizziness or confusion.
You have a weakened immune system, such as due to HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other underlying medical conditions.
You are pregnant or have recently given birth.
Your symptoms are accompanied by other complications, such as ear infections or pneumonia.
It is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health, so if you are concerned about your symptoms or have any questions, do not hesitate to seek medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provider.
How to Prevent H2N3?
The best way to prevent H2N3 influenza, or any other type of flu, is through vaccination. The flu vaccine is available annually and is designed to protect against the most prevalent strains of the flu virus that year. The elderly, children, and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to infection.
Other measures to prevent the spread of the flu include:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as germs can easily spread this way.
Stay home if you are feeling sick, to avoid spreading the virus to others.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has H2N3 influenza or any other type of flu, or if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes staying home, wearing a mask, and seeking medical advice from your healthcare provider.
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