Pune: Actor Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao have probably become the first celebrity couple in India to be affected by Swine Flu this year.
The couple, who are also the founders of Paani Foundation, could not attend the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 prize distribution ceremony organised by the Foundation in Pune on Sunday because of the disease.
Speaking at the event through a video call, Aamir Khan said, "As much as we hated to miss this celebration of the fruit of the efforts put in by the villagers to fight against drought, we are unable to make it as we are diagnosed with H1N1 virus commonly known as Swine Flu, and considering the contagious nature of the infection, we decided not to attend the event."
The Dangal hero also informed the attendees that he requested his good friend Shah Rukh Khan to attend the ceremony instead, which he obliged.
Other Bollywood celebrities diagnosed with this disease till now include Sonam Kapoor (in 2015) and actor Shreyas Talpade's wife, Deepti.
Swine Flu in Maharashtra
Maharashtra has recorded 247 swine flu deaths out of 525 across the country from January 1 to July 27 — the highest in the country. Pune-based doctors in government hospital and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department officials have noted that swine flu is now an endemic disease which means that it can be diagnosed all throughout the year. Till August 6, 81 Swine Flu deaths have been recorded in Pune city limits.
Till now in Pune, around 2,760 patients were screened for swine flu and 109 were administered with Tamiflu tablets. Around 15 swab samples were sent for testing and five were tested positive on Saturday. Around 18 patients currently are on ventilator.
So far, 4,98,012 patients have been screened since January this year and 10,372 were administered with swine flu. Around 1,642 swab samples were sent for testing and 396 were tested positive for H1N1.
Swine Flu symptoms:
- Fever, sneezing, coughing for more than 7 days.
- High risk patients with low immunity are more likely to contact it. For example, asthama, diabetes and hypertension patients.
- Pregnant women and children are also susceptible.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Use handkerchief while sneezing.
- Keeping home clean and dry.
- Do not delay in any treatment for more than 4 days..
- Get yourself vaccinated
In Pune, Swine Flu vaccination is available at Naidu Hospital, Kamla Nehru Hospital, Sonawane Hospital and Rajeev Gandhi Hospital.