Six new swine flu cases surface

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New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Six more people reported swine flu like symptoms in different parts of the country on Friday.

Atul Uniyal, 19, who recently returned from Malaysia, has been quarantined in the isolation ward of the Doon Hospital in Dehradun.

The blood samples of the person were sent to National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) in New Delhi for analysis and he tested positive.

"The patient who had come from Malaysia was admitted to our hospital on July 14. He showed the symptoms of swine flu and from the same day he was quarantined. He is being given Tamiflu. Yesterday we got a report from NICD, which is positive. After this he is getting his therapeutic treatment. The patient has recovered 90 per cent and we hope he will fully recover in another two to three days," said Dr. R K Pande, Chief Medical Superintendent, Doon Hospital.

Family members and others who would have come in contact with him have been administered preventive medicines.

Meanwhile, five children of a Pune school have also been isolated.

All five children are students of eighth standard at the Abhinava Vidyalaya English Medium School, and they acquired the flu virus from their US returned schoolmate.

"The child went to school on July 9 and10. He transmitted the virus to four more students in the school. In all, a total of five cases are from the school. All of them are admitted to our hospital. We are treating them by administering Tamiflu twice a day. They are recovering well," said Dr. Siddharth Astute, physician, Dr. Naidu Hospital for Communicable Diseases.

As a precautionary measure, the school management has closed the concerned class till further notice.

"As a precautionary measure they (doctors) have suggested that this particular class of VIII standard (students) should remain at home for the next one week. There's nothing to worry about, nothing to get confused or panicked. Second action we took immediately was that we have spread the news and information to all the parents by meetings or circulars, telling them not to worry but at the same time to be alert," said Vitthal Chavan, Vice Chairman of the school.

The fresh five new cases detected in Pune on Friday (July 17) takes the total to 265. (ANI)

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