Kollam: Three persons including two children aged nine and 1.5 years died due to H1N1 during the past week in Kollam.
The health department has kept 50 persons with symptoms of the disease under observation of which five were diagnosed with H1N1.
The district is also under fear of Dengue as the disease was confirmed in five persons who sought treatment at various health centres in the district.
Rejikumar, 53, of Puthuval Purayidam, Tsunami flat in Eravipuram succumbed to H1N1 disease on Fri-day. Aaruni S. Kurup, 9, of ‘Ramya’, Cherikkonam in Kannanalloor and 1.5- year-old Ahammad, son of Shamnad of Velich-ikkala in Nedumpana had died earlier at SAT hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.
Aaruni suffered from H1N1 and dengue simultaneously which led to her death, according to the health department.
Kollam district hospital, Victoria Hospital, and taluk hospitals in Karunagappally, Kundara, Kottarakkara, Punalur, Sasthamkotta, Neendakara, and Kada-kkal are equipped with facilities for collecting secretion from throat to diagnose the disease.
The district vector control unit will conduct indoor space spray, fever survey, medical camps, and fogging in the areas where dengue fever has been reported.
The health department has issued warning to the public to be alert in preventing further spread of the disease after H1N1 cases have been confirmed in the district. The disease indicates certain symptoms like fever, cough, headache, and body pain.
Mouth and nose should be covered while sneezing and coughing to prevent spreading of the disease.
Hands should be washed intermittently to keep up hygiene, the department directed....