Delhi-NCR grapples with H3N2 virus; children, senior citizens most vulnerable. Check symptoms, treatment
Influenza A subtype H3N2 is responsible for large cases of fever and breathlessness in Delhi and its adjoining cities
The Indian Medical Association has asked medical practitioners to stop prescribing antibiotics for the H3N2 flu treatment.
Delhi-NCR residents are reeling from prolonged fever and cough, breathing problems off late. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)'s latest report, the residents are not suffering from any casual fever but it is a virus that has gripped the larger population.
Misuse of antibiotics:
The IMA in its latest notification wrote, "Give only symptomatic treatment, no need to give antibiotics. But right now, people start taking antibiotics like Azithromycin and Amoxiclav etc, that too without caring for dose and frequency and stop it once start feeling better. This needs to be stopped as it leads to antibiotic resistance".
The most misused antibiotics are amoxicillin, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and levofloxacin. These are being used for diarrhoea and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Dr Sharad Kumar Agarwal National President, IMA said.
"It is necessary to diagnose whether the infection is bacterial or not before prescribing antibiotics," he added.
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