SRINAGAR: Directorate of Health services Kashmir (DHSK) on Tuesday issued an advisory for acute respiratory tract infection in Kashmir.
The acute viral respiratory tract infection is a contagious illness that spreads every year from October through spring and is commonly caused by viral pathogens, such as rhinovirus, Para-influenza, adenovirus, RSV, and influenza virus, said the DHSK.
The symptoms of it are cough, fever/ chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, head-ache or a runny or stuffy nose.
The Virus of the disease spreads from infected people to others through inhaled droplets from coughing/ sneezing.
The people have been advised to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth and they have been strictly directed to stay home if they are infected.
The advisory also said that people should wash hands frequently with soap and water.
They should also wash their hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.
People have also been asked to stay away from people who are sick.
According to the advisory fast breathing, pain in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness or confusion are bad symptoms so people with these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Please should not use antibiotics on their own, the advisory said and added that they should seek medical help.
As per the advisory, treatment with antibiotic does not shorten the course of illness. If required your doctor will prescribe antiviral medication.
“Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette. Always cough and sneeze into a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose,” they advisory said.