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Four fresh cases of swine flu in Capital

Four persons tested positive for H1N1 influenza in the Capital on Wednesday. The number of suspected samples sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is 18.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 18, 2009 1:48:27 am

Four persons tested positive for H1N1 influenza in the Capital on Wednesday. The number of suspected samples sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is 18.

The results are likely to be expected by Thursday afternoon.

The ones who tested positive have come from Singapore,Washington,Chicago and Canada,said Delhi health Minister Kiran Walia.

“Seven persons were admitted to hospitals in Delhi yesterday with symptoms of swine flu. Of them,four have tested positive,” said Walia. Two of them are in the Yellow Fever Hospital and two in the RML,the minister said.

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Till late Wednesday night,though,there was confusion regarding the number of cases that have been confirmed as positive. While the minister maintained that four samples have tested positive in the Capital,Medical Superintendent Dr N K Chaturvedi of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital — the nodal centre for treatment of patients — said not a single patient suffering from the H1N1 influenza is currently admitted at the hospital. “We have only seven suspected cases and not a single positive patient,” said Chaturvedi. They are admitted in the hospital’s isolation ward.

At the NICD,meanwhile,18 samples are pending — this despite the fact that the institute,by its own admission,takes no more than 6 hours for the tests. Some of the pending samples were sent on Monday.

Suspected case in Gurgaon: Four students of Delhi Public School,Gurgaon,had gone for a visit to the NASA in the US along with some students from Jalandhar. One of them,a 14-year-old boy has shown symptoms of swine flu. His sample has been sent to NICD for tests,said Civil Surgeon Dr S S Dalal. A separate ward had been set up at the local Civil Hospital for swine flu cases.

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