June 19, 2009 2:27:14 am
Three suspected cases of H1N1 virus (swine flu),in which the patients were quarantined at Naidu Hospital here,have tested negative. However,another two patients,suspected to have H1N1 virus infection,have been admitted to the hospital and their reports are awaited,said Dr Kalyan Deshpande,Assistant Director of Health Services.
The state health authorities have decided to open isolation wards in 35 district hospitals though no positive swine flu cases have been reported in Maharashtra. Many cases with flu-like symptoms have been quarantined and are being monitored.
According to Deshpande,a mother and her two children,who were tested negative,were discharged from the hospital on Thursday. They had come from Singapore to Mumbai to go to their native place when they showed flu-like symptoms. They were directed to Pune for further tests and they were quarantined at Naidu Hospital on Wednesday.
Two more persons one who had travelled from Texas,US,to Mumbai and another who travelled from Paris to Mumbai have been quarantined after they showed swine flu symptoms,he said.
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Uddhav Gawande,Deputy Director of Health Services,said the isolation wards would be well equipped and surveillance measures strengthened further. Around 20 persons who were quarantined in Mumbai in the past 15 days have tested negative for swine flu.
Gawande said the National Institute of Virology had concluded a two-day training session for virologists from across the country and they were provided with reagents and know-how about swine flu. Meanwhile,one patient who was quarantined in Akola has been shifted to Nagpur and the results are awaited.
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