swine flu symptoms girl and her parents have been quarantined in a government civil hospital
By Live Dr - Thu Jun 18, 9:47 am
June 17 (IANS) An 11-year old girl and her parents have been quarantined in a government civil hospital in north Gujarat after she displayed swine flu-like symptoms after returning from the US, a health official said here Wednesday.
The state Health Department official said the girl had cold and cough after her return from Michigan June 14 and was quarantined for the past three days at the civil hospital of Himmatnagar, the headquarters of Sabarkantha district, about 80 km from here.
Her blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in New Delhi for examination, he said.
There is no cause for panic in Gujarat as all necessary precautions are being taken to detect any suspected swine flu cases in airports and across the state, he said.
The girl’s parents have no symptoms of swine flu but they too have been quarantined as a precautionary measure, the official added.
(IANS) A man, who arrived here Wednesday from Kuwait, was admitted to a hospital in this Andhra Pradesh capital with suspected symptoms of swine flu, officials said.
The 24-year-old was found with suspected symptoms during the mandatory screening of all international air passengers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here. He was quarantined and taken straight to the Government General and Chest Hospital, the nodal centre to deal with swine flu.
Doctors said the man was under observation and his throat and nasal swabs were sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi. They are also waiting for the results of the tests of two other persons now under observation.
The city has so far reported 13 confirmed swine flu cases, the highest in India. The total number of cases in the country stands at 31.
K. Subhakar, coordinator, HINI influenza nodal centre, said the condition of the six patients undergoing treatment here was stable.
A nine-year-old boy who came from the US June 14 was tested positive for HINI influenza Tuesday.
Subhakar said six people infected with H1N1 virus were under treatment at the Government General and Chest Hospital. Seven people were treated and discharged from the facility during last one month.
The infected include a 20-month-old boy and a six-year-old girl, who came from New York. They are among the patients undergoing treatment.
All patients, except one, came from abroad. The lone local person found infected without travelling abroad contracted the virus from his brother, a techie who had come from Philadelphia.
Officials said 54 people were so far brought to the hospital with suspected swine flu symptoms and 13 of them were tested positive.
New Delhi/Hyderabad/Jalandhar, June 17 (IANS) Four people including a six-year-old boy tested positive for swine flu in the national capital, taking the total number of influenza A (H1N1) cases in India to 35, health officials said here Wednesday.
“Four more people tested positive for the swine flu Wednesday morning,” Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia told IANS.
She said these people were admitted to the Airport Health Organisation hospital (APHO).
Among them is a 10-year-old boy who came from Canada via Amsterdam. He came to Delhi June 14 and reported to the health facility June 16, an official said here.
A 35-year-old woman and her six-year-old son, who had come here from Chicago, also tested positive.
The fourth person is a 17-year-old boy, who travelled from Washington to New Delhi via Doha, and reached here June 14. He reported his symptoms June 16.
“They have been kept in isolation and their contacts are being identified,” Walia said.
According to officials in Delhi, a 16-year-old boy, who had also gone to the US for an educational trip to NASA, was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital Sunday with suspected swine flu-like symptoms.
However, he left the hospital Wednesday morning reportedly as there were no facilities for treatment. Health officials later brought him back there.
“He walked out of the hospital. But was later brought back and is now in the isolation ward. All the facilities are in place,” Delhi Health Secretary J.P. Singh told IANS.
He said all the Delhi government hospitals have been asked to prepare isolation wards within two to three days.
In the Punjab city of Jalandhar, one more student was quarantined with swine flu symptoms after he complained of a running nose, bodyache and high fever, officials said.
He is among a group of 31 students and three teachers of the Guru Amar Das Public School that went to New York and Florida on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Eight of his fellow students have already been detected with swine flu.
Officials were also making a list of around 200 people who came in contact with these students before they were hospitalised.
“We are happy that all the students are recovering well. We have all the medicines and equipments to tackle this disease,” S.S. Walia, a surgeon at the Jalandhar civil hospital, told IANS.
The group of students and teachers had returned from the US to New Delhi Saturday aboard a Qatar Airlines flight via Doha. One of them, a Class 12 student, tested positive for the swine flu virus in New Delhi.
The rest of the group travelled to Jalandhar by road. Of them, seven tested positive on Monday.
In Hyderabad, which has reported the maximum number of cases – 13 patients – among Indian cities, a man, who arrived Wednesday from Kuwait, was admitted to a hospital with the swine flu-like sysmptoms.
Doctors said he was under observation and his throat and nasal swabs were sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi.
The doctors were also waiting for the results of the tests of two people now under observation.
In Himmatnagar town of north Gujarat, an 11-year old girl and her parents have been quarantined in a government hospital. The girl displayed swine flu-like symptoms after returning from the US.
Of the 35 cases in India, 13 have been reported from Hyderabad, eight from Jalandhar, nine from Delhi, two each from Mumbai and Coimbatore and one from Goa.
Twelve of them have been discharged.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 76 countries have officially reported 35,928 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 163 deaths. Most of these deaths have been reported from Mexico and the US.
(IANS) A 16-year-old boy who was admitted in a city hospital with suspected swine flu symptoms walked away Wednesday reportedly citing unhygenic conditions, but was brought back within hours.
The boy was a member of a group of 20 students from the Venkateshwara International School in Dwarka here that went to the US on an educational tour of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
He was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital in west Delhi Sunday after he showed swine flu-like symptoms. But his family apparently was not happy with the facilities offered at the isolation ward of the government-run hospital and on Wednesday morning the boy left for his home in nearby Vikaspuri.
“We came to know that the boy walked out of the hospital without informing the health authorities. We immediately rushed a team and brought him back. He has been admitted to the isolation ward in the hospital again,” Delhi Health Secretary J.P. Singh told IANS.
Asked if the boy had left because the hospital had no arrangements for treatment, Singh said all facilities have been provided.
The national capital Wednesday recorded four new swine flu cases, including a six-year-old boy, taking the total number of flu affected people in Delhi to nine and in the country to 35.
With the increasing swine flu cases in the capital, the city government Wednesday asked all the Delhi government hospitals to prepare isolation wards within two to three days.
Jalandhar (Punjab), June 17 (IANS) Seven students admitted at a hospital in this Punjab city have tested negative for the influenza A (H1N1) virus, health officials said Wednesday.
The medical reports were received from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) New Delhi Wednesday evening, the officials added.
The seven students were among the 15 who were quarantined with swine flu symptoms after returning from an educational tour of the US.
“We have got the reports of seven students from Delhi and all of them have tested negative. They would soon be discharged after proper medication,” S.S. Walia, a surgeon at the civil hospital, told IANS Wednesday evening.
Nine school children were admitted in the civil hospital here Sunday while five were admitted Tuesday and one was admitted Wednesday.
Talking about the condition of students who tested positive, Walia said: “We are happy that all of them are recovering well. We have all the medicines and equipment to tackle this.”
The students were part of a group of 31 students and three teachers of the Guru Amar Das Public School that went to New York and Florida on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Of the students admitted Sunday, seven have tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Roop Lal, Jalandhar district health officer, told IANS: “One more student with swine flu symptoms has been admitted Wednesday. His blood samples have been sent to the NICD in New Delhi for tests. The report will come by tomorrow (Thursday).”
He added that a list of around 200 people who came in contact with the infected students before they were hospitalised has been prepared and the health authorities were trying to contact them to check their condition.
The group of students and teachers had returned from the US to New Delhi Saturday aboard a Qatar Airlines flight via Doha.
One of them, a Class 12 student, tested positive for the swine flu virus in New Delhi. He was admitted to a Delhi hospital Saturday immediately after landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
The rest of the group travelled to Jalandhar by road. This is probably the first instance in India of a group of individuals catching the infection.
A traveller from Birmingham who had landed at the Amritsar airport Monday with swine flu symptoms has tested negative and was discharged from the hospital.
Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said: “There is no need to panic as the situation is well under our control. Our medical staff is working all day and night to treat the patients who tested positive in Jalandhar. We have enough medicines and work force to tackle this problem.”
“All the civil surgeons of the state are on high alert and helplines have been established at all the district headquarters,” Chawla said.
She said that special medical teams are stationed at the Amritsar international airport and at the Attari and Wagah checkpoints on the border with Pakistan.
Three more persons including a 12-year-old boy have been confirmed with swine flu infection Thursday in Bangalore, taking the total number of people who have tested positive for the pandemic flu in the country to 38.
“Two businessman, aged 38 and 48, who arrived in the IT city from Bangkok a couple of days back were found positive with A H1N1 virus. The 12-year-old boy had returned from Los Angeles,” S. Buggi, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore, told IANS over the telephone.
“Of the 15 patients from whom we took samples couple of days back, three were found positive with the flu. But there is nothing to worry, all of them are doing well and healthy. We have kept them in isolation wards,” he said, adding that the boy’s family tested negative.
With these fresh cases, Bangalore has reported five flu cases so far and all of them are undergoing treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases.
Four people including a six-year-old boy tested positive for swine flu in the national capital Wednesday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already given a pandemic status to swine flu. According to the global health watch dog, at least 76 countries have officially reported 35,928 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 163 deaths. Most of these deaths have been reported from Mexico and the US.