The government noted on Friday that two people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Haryana had died from the Influenza A subtype H3N2 virus.
According to the news of Indian NDTV, health officials said that an 82-year-old man in Karnataka state died on March 1 in the hospital where he was taken on February 24 due to the "H3N2" influenza virus that causes flu.
Authorities stated that this person, who has health problems such as diabetes and hypertension, is the first loss of life from "H3N2" in the country.
Noting that a 56-year-old cancer patient diagnosed with "H3N2" in the state of Haryana in January died at his home on March 8, the authorities stated that this person had lung cancer.
Officials announced that about 90 people in the country have been diagnosed with the "H3N2" virus and noted that they expect the number of cases to decrease towards the end of the month.
WHAT IS H3N2 VIRUS?
Influenza viruses that cause the infectious disease known as influenza are of four different types: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A is further divided into different subtypes, one of which is H3N2. Its symptoms are similar to other flu. Cough, fever, body aches and headaches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, extreme tiredness. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea occur in very few cases.
According to the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the infection caused by H3N2 usually lasts 5 to 7 days and the fever starts to subside after 3 days. However, the cough may persist for up to 3 weeks.