SAP INDIA SAYS TWO EMPLOYEES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR H1N1 VIRUS
Context: The Indian arm of German software group SAP has shut down all offices in the country for sanitization after two of its employees in the city of Bengaluru tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
SAP India offices in Bengaluru – considered the tech hub of India – Gurgaon and Mumbai have been temporarily closed and all employees have been asked to work from home till further notice
- Influenza virus (H1N1)is the subtype of influenza A virus that was the most common cause of human influenza (flu) in 2009, and is associated with the 1918 outbreak known as the Spanish flu.
- It is an orthomyxovirusthat contains the glycoproteins haemagglutinin and neuraminidase.
- For this reason, they are described as H1N1, H1N2 etc. depending on the type of H or N antigens they express with metabolic synergy.
- Haemagglutinin causes red blood cells to clump together and binds the virus to the infected cell.
- Neuraminidase is a type of glycoside hydrolase enzyme which helps to move the virus particles through the infected cell and assist in budding from the host cells.
- Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humansand cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a small fraction of all seasonal influenza.
- H1N1 strains caused a small percentage of all human flu infections in 2004–2005.
- Other strains of H1N1 are endemic in pigs (swine influenza) and in birds (avian influenza).
- In June 2009, the World Health Organization(WHO) declared the new strain of swine-origin H1N1 as a pandemic.
- This novel virus spread worldwide and had caused about 17,000 deaths by the start of 2010.
- On 10 August 2010, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity had returned to typical seasonal patterns.[3
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), H1N1 symptoms include fever, chills and sore throat and is similar to seasonal influenza but has been characterized by higher fatality rates among healthy young adults and higher incidence of viral pneumonia.