Friday, January 30, 2015

Two more test positive for swine flu in city

VISAKHAPATNAM: The dreaded swine flu seems to be spreading its tentacles in the city with two more people testing positive for the virus. With this, the total number of H1N1 cases has gone up to three.

The two patients -- a 65-year-old man from Abidnagar in the city and a 35-year-old woman from Vizianagaram -- are undergoing treatment at two different private hospitals in the city. The private hospitals confirmed the two cases as H1N1 positive after they got the swab test results from a private laboratory in Mumbai on Friday.

A four-year-old boy has already been undergoing treatment for H1NI at the government-run King George Hospital (KGH) for the past few days and his condition is improving. The samples of two other people, a 12-year-old boy undergoing treatment at KGH and a middle-aged woman from Srikakulam being treated at the Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases, which arrived from the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) Hyderabad, have tested negative.

On Friday, two more people, a 56-year-old woman from Kotha Road in the Old City area and 38-year-old man from Gajuwaka, suspected of contracting swine flu were admitted to the Government Chest Hospital.

Dr L D S H Devi, nodal officer for swine flu in Vizag district, said while the two people admitted to private hospitals have tested positive, the samples of two suspected cases tested at IPM turned out to be negative. "We have sent the samples of patients admitted today to the chest hospital to IPM at Hyderabad," she said.

Speaking to TOI, KGH superintendent M Madhusudhana Babu said all precautionary measures are being taken to control the spread of the virus. As part of control measures, a coordination meeting was also conducted at the KGH with the stake holders, including Andhra Medical College (AMC)

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