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H1N1 Influenza in India (Odisha/Orissa)

28 Aug 2017

On 26 August, it was reported that the number of deaths due to H1N1 influenza had risen to 26 in Odisha. It was reported that 2 people had died in private hospitals in the state's capital city Bhubaneswar. A total of 290 people have tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus so far.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers to countries during their influenza season are at similar risk of infection as local residents.

Crowded conditions encourage spread of infection and travellers can be exposed, for example in those attending pilgrimages (e.g. the Hajj), in aircraft, waiting rooms, buses, bars, hotels and on cruises.

The composition of the 2016/2017 UK influenza vaccine includes the H1N1 strain. Travellers included in the government's at risk groups should ensure that they receive the annual influenza vaccine, particularly if travel is anticipated. Travellers outwith these groups may wish to obtain the vaccine privately (if still available) if concerned.

Reducing Risk

  • One of the most important ways of preventing the spread of infection is careful and frequent hand washing.
  • If soap, clean water and towels are not available, alcohol hand rub can be used.
  • If possible avoid crowded places.
  • If possible avoid coughs and sneezes.

For further information seeĀ Influenza.