The rising number of H3N2 subtype influenza cases Kanpur has raised the concerns of health department officials. Nearly 50 patients have been admitted in a day at Hallet Hospital after they complained of high fever, persistent cough and shortness of breath, according to news agency IANS.

There is a long queue of patients not just outside government hospitals but even private hospitals are also struggling with large number of cases, the report said. The hospital authorities at Hallet were forced to shift patients to different wards after the emergency ward was full.

According to Dr Richa Giri, head of the Medicine Department of Hallet Hospital, the city sees flu cases during this time due to change of weather but this time "but this time the number of patients is very high."

Some of the patients have to be "given oxygen support" and "some have been put on ventilators," the doctor said.

Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has called Influenza A subtype H3N2 as the major cause of rising respiratory illness in India.

Former chief of AIIMS Dr Randeep Guleria said that "we are seeing an increase in the number of cases of influenza, which is basically presenting fever, sore throat cough, body aches and runny nose history and is a type of influenza virus, which we see every year during this time of the year. But it is a virus with changes over time, it mutates over time and what we call an antigenic drift." .

He urged the elderly and those who have underlying comorbid conditions like chronic respiratory diseases, heart problems, patients have kidney problems or dialysis to be careful about going into a crowded place and getting exposure.ICMR has also suggested people wash their hands regularly and avoid shaking hands and spitting in public.

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