Five swine flu cases have been reported in the city in the past nine days even as the civic body maintains that there is no cause for panic. The cases include a six-year-old boy from Mulund and two of his relatives,besides two from Bandra and Elphinstone Road.
Of the 40 samples that we have tested so far,five blood samples have tested positive for the H1N1 virus. Mumbai has shown the third highest number of H1N1 cases this month,following 68 cases in Pune and nine in Jaipur, said an official of Super Religare Laboratories,where the samples are being sent.
These patients have already been administered Tamiflu. Civic health officials said citizens should be on alert though these stray cases are not indicative of a swine flu outbreak in the city. People who have been commuting to and from Pune must exercise caution. Also,extreme cases of viral infections should be checked. Most importantly,people should not resort to self-medication or over-the-counter drugs, said Dr A Bandivdekar,executive health officer at BMC.
If a person shows extreme symptoms of fever for over a week,he should get himself checked. The infection has become a modified version of a viral fever. However,the last swine flu bout has increased the immunity levels among people, a doctor from Kasturba Hospital said.
Doctors also feel there will be a gradual decline in number of swine flu cases with the rising temperatures in the city. The virus is such that it is endemic in certain communities. The cold wave this year also contributed to its re-emergence. However,now with the temperatures rising,there is minimal fear of any outbreak. Mumbais weather is not really conducive to the virus growth, said Dr Tanu Singhal,physician at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.