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Swine flu test negative; 2 men in quarantine sent home

Two persons,who recently returned from abroad and volunteered to get themselves tested for swine flu following fever...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 13, 2009 11:16:07 pm

Two persons,who recently returned from abroad and volunteered to get themselves tested for swine flu following fever,throat infection and other symptoms,have tested negative for the H1N1 virus.

“Their samples tested negative,” Director,National Institute of Virology,A C Mishra,confirmed. By Tuesday evening,the two had been discharged by the Dr Naidu Infectious Diseases Hospital,where they had been in quarantine since Monday.

The two had returned from Spain and the US and had cleared the screening for swine flu at the airport.

The families of both refrained from speaking to the media. A family friend of one of the men,explaining why he had volunteered to get tested,said,“When you return from places where swine flu has been reported and then notice the described symptoms,then you’d rather not endanger the rest of the family or friends.” In Pune,the Naidu Hospital has been identified by the Directorate of Health Services to quarantine suspected cases.

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Earlier in the day,there were some talk of the families being unhappy with the quarantine facilities at the hospital but the family members refused to say anything on the issue.

However,Sachin Desai,Medical officer,Epidemics,Director of Health Services,said the city was well equipped to handle any swine flu cases. “The Naidu Hospital is well equipped with Tamiflu,N 95 masks,other essentials like gowns,caps and portable X-ray machines,” he said. He added that the hospital being located away from the main road made it quite suitable to be a quarantine centre. 

“At present,the hospital is equipped to handle 20 quarantine cases. A team of four doctors under Dr D B Kadam,who is the Head of the Medicine Department at B J Medical College,is handling cases of suspected swine flu,” said Desai.

As of now,there is no confirmed case of swine flu in India.

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