With the detection of two more patients afflicted with H1N1 on Wednesday, the total number of such cases in the state capital has reached 12, Lucknow’s Chief Medical Officer Dr S N S Yadav informed Thursday.
Both the patients hail from Lucknow’s Alambagh area and have been shifted to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), where they are undergoing treatment. “They are out of danger,” Dr Yadav said. So far, two persons have died due to the disease here, while others have been treated and recovered.
Earlier, the CMO had directed all hospitals as well as microbiology labs of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and SGPGI to conduct tests of H1N1 only after verifying the address and mobile number of the patients. “The purpose is to detect and check the virus’s spread among other members of the patient’s family or his/her locality,” CMO said.
“We have formed a team of doctors who visit the locality of the person from whom H1N1 has been detected. The team visits 150-200 houses in the locality to spread awareness about the disease and also checks to detect the spread of the virus,” he added.
The CMO also informed that some persons might have picked up the virus from other places. “Upon tracing the patients’ history, we found that about three or four of them had picked up the virus elsewhere, like one of the patients told us that he recently returned from Bangalore, while another said he had come from Gurgaon,” Dr Yadav said.
Around ten days ago, the detection of the virus in six members of a family, one of whom was a contractual staff at SGPGI, had caused a brief scare. “They all have recovered and are back to work,” the CMO confirmed.