6 more flu cases, tally rises to 23

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Hyderabad/ New Delhi/ Bangalore: With six more confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza reported in the country on Sunday, the number of people hit by the pandemic rose to 23. Three cases were reported in Hyderabad, two in Bangalore, one of a schoolboy from Punjab returning to Delhi from a Nasa trip.

Hyderabad alone accounts for 12 cases. Among the three who tested positive on Sunday were two sisters. The girls, aged 8 and 4, had landed in Hyderabad from New Jersey by Indian Airlines Flight IA-140 on June 12. The two sisters were immediately admitted to the Government General and Chest Hospital, Erragadda, with flu symptoms.

The third confirmed case from Hyderabad is that of the grandmother of the 20-monthold toddler who tested positive on June 12. The 42-yearold woman was quarantined along with the child the same day. She travelled with the kid by Air India Flight-140 from New Jersey to Hyderabad which reached the city on June 9. Health officials are set to screen passengers who sat three rows before and behind the infected sisters.

Five new suspected cases were also reported at the Hyderabad quarantine facility. CASES CONFIRMED ON SUNDAY A 17-year-old student from Jalandhar who returned to India after a trip to Nasa

A 29-year-old housewife and her 3-year-old daughter who live in New Jersey. They were quarantined in Bangalore, where the woman’s parents live

Two sisters, aged 8 and 4, who flew in to Hyderabad from New Jersey. Also a 42-year-old grandmother of an infected 20-month-old Eight Punjab students have swine flu-like symptoms Hyderabad/ New Delhi/ Bangalore: Among the six confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza reported in the country on Sunday, were a 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter in Bangalore. Mother and daughter had arrived at the Bangalore airport from New Jersey on June 12 and were admitted to a government health facility after they complained of fever and cough. ‘‘We are trying to track down their family members and social contacts who have come in touch with them and start prophylactic treatment,’’ said a health official.

In Delhi, a 17-year-old boy from Jalandhar, who travelled from Orlando transiting New York by a Qatar Airline flight, tested positive for H1N1 influenza. The boy, who had gone to US along with 30 other students from Jalandhar, is at Airport Health Organisation Hospital and has been put on Tamiflu. ‘‘The boy showed symptoms of flu and we admitted him in our facility. His friends, who travelled with him in the flight, were also screened. His family has come to Delhi,’’ said a health official.

Alerted by the case, the health department in Punjab have contacted school authorities. According to officials, eight students have shown flu-like symptoms and have been isolated. Their blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

Meanwhile, there was an inter-ministrial meeting at Nirman Bhawan to review the situation and preparedness to handle H1N1 influenza.

Source: timesofindia


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