Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Four confirmed swine flu cases in Gurgaon, 1 dead.


GURGAON: Three days after a 45-year-old man from Jind died of swine flu at a private hospital in Gurgaon, the district health authorities on Monday confirmed four more H1N1 cases.

While one patient is admitted to a private hospital in Sector 51, two are undergoing home-based treatment and one has been discharged from another private hospital. "All the four cases have tested positive for H1N1," said chief medical officer of Civil Hospital, Pushpa Bishnoi.

Sources in Civil Hospital, Gurgaon, said three more cases were reported in the hospital on Sunday. "All these three patients are males and residents of Sheetla Colony near Sector 12. Their blood samples have been sent to a designated lab. So far, all three are suspected cases," said a doctor, on condition of anonymity. However, Bishnoi refused to confirm these three suspected cases from Sheetla Colony.

Keeping in mind the urgency, district health officials have become serious in their approach and called for maintaining an exclusive record of cases of cough, cold and viral fever.

"I have instructed the principal medical officer in Civil Hospital to maintain a separate record of influenza and viral fever cases. The patients will be screened in a separate room and a record of their contact details will be maintained. It will help us in keeping a tab on their condition. Every patient will be called after 48 hours so that we can prevent serious cases," Bishnoi said.

The cases of influenza and viral fever are also pouring in large numbers at private hospitals. In the last one week, more than 70% patients in three major private hospitals in Gurgaon comprised cases of viral fever and seasonal flu. The Civil Hospital has been receiving about 25 such cases a day.

The district officials are still clueless about the case of a 32-year-old woman from Faridabad, who was found positive for swine flu by a private lab on Thursday.

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