Spike in children’s viral flu cases amid third wave of COVID-19 in 12 districts of Karnataka

Chennai: Following a rise in the number of children affected by the viral flu in Karnataka, the state health department is closely monitoring the development in 12 districts, including Bengaluru. The rise in viral flu cases comes amid fears that children will be most affected during the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Children with symptoms like cold, cough, fever and shortness of breath were admitted in state hospitals for the last 15 days. Although health experts dismiss it as a common viral flu, which is common during the rainy season, the health department seems to be concerned about the situation.

Most of the flu cases have been reported from Bellary, Yadgir, Chikkaballapur and Chitradurga districts of Karnataka. However, cases of flu have also been reported from Raichur, Bidar, Ramnagar, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Bagalkot districts.

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Consulting in pediatric hospitals has been increasing in these districts over the past few weeks, the report said, adding that one of the government hospitals in Bengaluru – KC General Hospital – was full of children affected by cold, cough, fever. Had happened. and breathing problems.

These symptoms are found in children between the ages of one and three, and not school-going children, citing Dr Lakshmipathy, head of the pediatrics department at KC General Hospital. All the children suffering from breathing problem were tested RT-PCR and none came out positive for Covid-19 infection.

Stating that both the district and taluk hospitals are witnessing an increase in the number of children affected by the viral infection, the report states that at least 150 to 200 children are treated for the infection in each district hospital and There are at least 50 to 60 children. Admitted for treatment in hospitals.

Meanwhile, reports state that the Karnataka government on Friday organized a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that the state has immunized at least 30 lakh people in a day. The goal is to get vaccinated.

(IANS. with inputs)