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ICMR approves RT-qPCR kit to detect influenza, SARS-CoV-2, RSV; here's how it works

Also Read: Suffering from fever and cough? How do you know its H3N2 or new COVID variant XBB 1.16 Highlighting its benefits further, the company said the kit can be used in all the available RT-PCR equipment. The three pathogens have similar initial symptoms but differs in how the illness progresses, how easily they spread, and how they are treated. The company has claimed that the kit helps in identifying which pathogen is causing the respiratory illness and helps in choosing the appropriate course of treatment, IANS reported.

India is currently seeing spike in covid cases in India with the emergence of the new XBB.1.16 variant. Apart from this the country is also seeing surge in H3N2 cases. From January 2 to March 5, 451 cases of H3N2 have been reported in the country, according to data shared by the ministry.

As of 17 March, India recorded a single-day rise of 796 coronavirus infections. Yesterday, the Health Ministry wrote letters to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka noting that certain parts of the country had seen an uptick in cases. He advised these states to examine the COVID-19 situation at the micro-level and maintain focus on implementation of necessary measures for prompt and effective management of the disease.

The state governments have also started taking precautionary measures to prevent the possible outbreak of viral infections. H3N2 has been the dominant subtype followed by H1N1. However, the Union Ministry of Health on Friday said that the cases arising from seasonal influenza including H3N2 are expected to decline from March end.

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Judy Heumann, champion for disability rights, dies at age 75
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: (L-R) Dawn Dickson, Mona Scott-Young, Wendy Diamond, Judy Heumann, Mitzi Perdue, Nadja Swarovski and Coco Rocha attend the 2022 Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization Summit at United Nations on May 20, 2022 in New Yor Judy Heumann, a renowned activist who helped secure legislation protecting the rights of disabled people, has died at age 75.News of her death Saturday in Washington, D.C., was posted on her website and social media accounts and confirmed by her youngest brother, Rick Heumann.He said she had been in the hospital a week and had heart issues that may have been the result of something known as post-polio syndrome, related to a childhood infection that was so severe that she spent several months in an iron lung and lost her ability to walk at age 2.She spent the rest of her life fighting, first to get access for herself and then for others, her brother recalled.Javeno McLean talks with FOX Television Stations about why it's important to give back."It wasn’t about glory for my sister or anything like that at all. It was always about how could she make things better for other people," he said, adding that the family drew solace from the tributes that poured in on Twitter from dignitaries and past presidents like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.RELATED: Study: NFL players who experience concussions may exhibit cognitive failure later in lifeHeumann has been called the "mother of the disability rights movement" for her longtime advocacy on behalf of disabled people through protests and legal action, her website says.She lobbied for legislation that eventually led to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act.