Thirty-one new cases of swine flu were detected on
Sunday with experts warning Bangladesh's
alert level may soon be upgraded to "level 3" as the virus is quickly
spreading from small clusters to the wider community.
These new cases bring the number of swine flu infection
in Bangladesh to 194 since June 18.
"The situation is still at level 2, but as the
infection is spreading rapidly, we're taking preparations to manage the
patients presuming a level 3 ahead," said Senior Scientific Officer of the
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Moshtaque
He was speaking at a seminar on swine flu at the
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
He added when the flu spreads from cluster to
community level rapidly it is termed "level 3" and at this stage
laboratory testing is no longer required. Rather it demands augmented treatment
for the patients with antiviral drugs.
The experts said there is no alternative to
quarantining the affected at home with regular treatment and infection control
is an important priority. But the people with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness
(SARI), diabetes and hypertension should be treated with antiviral drugs