.Drop in number of swine flu cases



Health officials ask people to continue taking precautions

Dry and cold spells lead to spread of H1N1 virus

Of the 112 samples tested, 11 found to be positive

HYDERABAD: The swine flu cases continued to dip in the State even as one more person, D. Satyanarayana Goud (35), died at Gandhi Hospital, authorities confirmed. On Saturday, out of 112 samples tested, 11 persons were found to be swine flu positive while the death toll, according to health authorities, has now surged to 37.

The victim, who died on Saturday at Gandhi Hospital, had a history of heart ailments and was a patient of rheumatoid arthritis, officials said.

The deceased needed ventilator support and was referred to Gandhi Hospital from Chest Hospital. The patient was sent to Chest Hospital from Kamineni Hospital, authorities confirmed.

Meanwhile, number of patients at the outpatient department of Osmania, Gandhi and Chest Hospitals continued to decrease on Saturday. Chest Hospital received only 15 patients while Osmania and Gandhi Hospitals together received 50 patients with swine flu like symptoms.

Authorities have again requested general public to continue taking precautions because the dry and cold spell, which will follow the rains, would be ideal for the H1N1 virus to thrive.

‘Be wary’

“Once rains subside, people will start venturing outside and again the virus will start transmitting. Public should be wary and take precautions,” swine flu State coordinator Dr. K. Subhakar.

Meanwhile, at Care Hospitals, a woman underwent angioplasty and later on the hospital doctors detected that she had swine flu.

As a result, the whole angioplasty unit consisting of doctors, paramedics, nurses and other staff who took part in the procedure are undergoing prophylaxis treatment for swine flu.

As a precaution, the operation theatre where the surgery took place had to be shutdown for a day.

AP allows pvt hospitals to treat swine flu patients

AP allows pvt hospitals to treat swine flu patients

HYDERABAD: The State Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with private hospitals including Apollo Hospitals at Jubilee Hills and Global at L B Nagar here for allocating ten beds for treatment of swine flu patients.

According to the District Health and Medical Officer (DHMO), Hyderabad, Dr Jayakumari, as per the MoU, the private hospitals will allocate the ten beds for swine flu patients.

As on today, 417 persons were screened at the 8 screening centres and five samples have proved to be suspects which have been sent to the Institute of Preventive Medicine for test.

Superintendent AP Chest Hospital Dr S V Prasad said that a total of 4 cases were presently under treatment with the hospital. They include two confirmed cases and two are suspects awaiting their reports. All others have been treated and sent home, he add ed.

He stated that the new guidelines were helping the hospital to take care of serious patients better.

On lot of people sporting masks and whether it was necessary, Dr Prasad said that there was no need for people to wear masks.

However, people suffering from cough and cold should sport a mask and not others, he advised.

Five more swine flu cases confirmed – HYDERABAD

Five more swine flu cases confirmed

HYDERABAD: The health authorities on Wednesday confirmed five more cases of swine flu in the city .

All the positive cases were local cases and do not have any travel history. With this, the total number of positive cases went up to 231 in A.P.

Out of the five positive, three were admitted to the Chest Hospital while one each at Gandhi and OGH.

The patients admitted to Gandhi and OGH hail from Jangaon and old city respectively, the officials said.

Meanwhile, DH&HO Dr. Ch. Jaya Kumari asked private hospitals including Care, KIMS, Kamineni, Image and Yashoda to set up isolation rooms, as local cases of swine flu were rising.

3 more swine flu deaths take India’s toll to 138

3 more swine flu deaths take India’s toll to 138

Three more people – all in Maharashtra – died of swine flu Tuesday, taking the country’s toll to 138, health officials said here.

With the three deaths, the total number of people who have died in the state due to the contagious influenza has gone up to 65.

Meanwhile, 245 fresh cases were reported in the country, taking the number of people affected with the flu to 5,221.

‘Till date, samples from 26,037 people have been tested for influenza A (H1N1) in various government and private laboratories across the country, and 5,221 of them have been found positive,’ said a statement issued here.

In Delhi, a total of 84 people, including 38 children, tested positive for the flu, taking the total number of those affected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus to 994.

Four people have died so far in the Indian capital due to swine flu.

Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said the ‘situation is under control and the government is doing its best in providing treatment to H1N1 patients in government hospitals’.

She also advised people to visit a doctor at the earliest if any symptom of swine flu appears.

‘Of the total cases (in Delhi), 846 people have been treated and discharged. At the moment, 147 people are under treatment – 16 of them are undergoing treatment at different hospitals, while rest of them are being home quarantined.’

She said 84 cases tested positive for the flu Tuesday. Of these, 36 have been advised to quarantine themselves at home, she said.

Walia said it has been made mandatory for four private empanelled laboratories testing H1N1 virus to report all the positive swine flu cases to the state nodal officers, to enable the government have full details about the total number of patients affected by H1N1 virus as well to ensure their full treatment and trace all those they came in contact with.

Apart from Delhi, some of the other states from where fresh cases were reported were Tamil Nadu (38), Haryana (27), Uttar Pradesh (22) and Karnataka (17).

Maharashtra, which has reported the maximum number of deaths and cases in the country, had two fresh cases. This has taken the total number of people in the state infected by the virus to 1,857.

Swine flu claims 135 deaths so far!

New Delhi: With the death of 4 more people, India’s Swine Flu death toll have reached 135 mark this Monday.

Swine flu claims 135 deaths so far!

147 new cases have also been reported with the count touching as high as 4885 for the total number of people affected by H1N1 virus.

Out of the recent 4 deaths, 2 death were from Goa, one death each was reported from Delhi and Karnataka. In New Delhi, 69-year-old Durga Prasad Sharma died due to the swine flu.

Sharma, who was on ventilator and undergoing dialysis had first gone to a private hospital before being shifted to the RML Hospital. ‘His x-ray report had confirmed pneumonia. He had tested positive for the virus,’ Chaturvedi said.

In Bangalore, a 29-year-old woman succumbed to H1N1 virus. She was 20 weeks into her pregnancy.

Fourth swine flu death in Delhi city – India

The Capital reported its fourth death from influenza H1N1 on Monday, when 69-year-old Durga Prasad Sharma died of chronic renal failure at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

Sharma had been in a critical condition ever since he was brought to RML on August 28.

“We were worried about this patient for the last couple of days and finally he passed away. He was in a critical state, as he had been suffering from several other medical conditions,” said state health minister Kiran Walia.

Sharma was on ventilator and undergoing dialysis. He had been admitted to RML for renal failure and also showed signs of H1N1. He finally tested positive for the flu on September 1 and breathed his last at 11.30 am on Monday.

The three previous swine flu deaths in the city were of 38-year-old Renu Gupta, from Model Town; 31-year-old Samrat Pandeya, a resident of Gurgaon, and 44-year-old Faridabad resident Usha Jain. All of them died in August.

52 new cases

Fifty-two positive cases were reported from the city on Monday, taking the count to 910. Of these, 791 patients have already been treated and discharged. Of the 52 confirmed cases, 29 are children.

Four schools have also been partially closed in the city.

Swine Flu Death Toll in India goes up to 135

New Delhi: The Swine Flu death toll in India has gone up to 135, with four more people succumbing to A H1N1 virus on Monday. At least 147 fresh Swine Flu cases were reported across the country, taking the total number to 4,885. Delhi reported another death, which was fourth Swine Flu death in the national capital.

In New Delhi, 69-year-old Durga Prashad Sharma died of Swine Flu at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on August 28. In Bangalore, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was the latest victim of Swine Flu.