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H1N1 in India: One more tests positive

Swine flu continued to spread in the country with one more person testing positive for the dreaded disease.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
June 3, 2009 8:17:46 pm

Swine flu continued to spread in the country with one more person testing positive for the dreaded disease on Wednesday while five people were quarantined with suspected symptoms.

With Wednesday’s case,the number of persons who have tested positive for the disease has reached four.

The latest is that of a person who visited USA and Canada and arrived at Hyderabad via London on May 30. On his arrival he did not report fever.

However,on June one,he reported at an identified hospital in Hyderabad with complaints of cough,running nose and fever. His samples have tested positive for swine flu and he has been put on Oseltamivir,senior health ministry officials said in New Delhi.

The contacts of the person are being traced for monitoring their health status.

In Tamil Nadu,four persons,including a lady doctor,suspected to be infected with swine flu,have been admitted to a government hospital here,even as officials made efforts to contact air passengers who travelled with the two confirmed flu patients on May 28.

The doctor,who is treating two confirmed flu patients at the hospital,has developed fever and throat pain last evening. Her blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable diseases,Delhi,Dr Kumaran,Dean (in-charge) of hospital told reporters in New Delhi.

Three members of a family—husband,wife and daughter,who returned from Atlanta to Coimbatore on Wednesday morning also have been admitted with suspected flu symptoms. Blood samples of the three would be sent to Delhi for testing.

In Kerala,a passenger was quarantined in a hospital for suspected swine flu on his arrival at Karippur International Airport here today from Kuwait by an Indian flight.

According to airport sources,the 54-year-old male passenger was first tested at the swine flue cell at the airport and later referred to the Government Beach Hospital in Kozhikode.

Meanwhile,the World Health Organisation has reported 19,273 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection from 66 countries as on June 3,2009. There have been 117 deaths.

Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in 21 International airports in India.

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