Dimapur, March 15: Nagaland health and family welfare department said as per the available data, there are 723 reported cases of acute respiratory infections or influenza-like illnesses and 37 cases of severe acute respiratory infections in the state.
However, it said these reported cases have not been confirmed in the laboratories.
The department said it closely monitors all hospital admissions for respiratory difficulties. The state has not reported any confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past five weeks. The last reported case of Covid-19 was on February 11th.
The department said its integrated disease surveillance program conducts real-time surveillance of cases of influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infections.
Due to the increasing trend of influenza-like illnesses and severe acute respiratory illnesses, commonly known as seasonal influenza, the department has issued guidelines to reduce the transmission of these diseases.
The department has identified insufficient attention to personal hygiene, unprotected sneezing and coughing around others, gatherings behind closed doors, etc.) and Covid-19. Most of these pathogens usually cause a mild, often self-limiting illness that manifests as acute respiratory infections with fever and cough.
In some cases, especially in children, the elderly, obese people, and other comorbidities such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney and liver disease, and pregnant women, the symptoms of these diseases can be more severe and require hospitalization.
In order to reduce the transmission of these diseases, the department has advised people to cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief, handkerchief, or elbow when coughing or sneezing, avoid spitting in public, use masks in crowded places, and wash their hands frequently.
Also requires timely reporting of symptoms to healthcare professionals for early care and treatment and limiting contact with people with respiratory illnesses.