11 tested positive for Influenza A H1N1, India

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In India health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in 21 International airports. 44489 passengers have been screened on 9.6.2009.

Around 23782 passengers were from affected countries. 223 doctors and 93 paramedics have been deployed to man 76 counters at the above airports. Two suspect cases, one each at Calicut and Delhi have been isolated at the identified health facility.

The contacts of the positive cases [in Delhi and Hyderabad] are on chemoprophylaxis and they are being monitored. As of now, no family or social contacts has reported symptoms.

So far samples of 197 persons have been tested of which eleven have been tested positive for novel Influenza A [H1N1]. Of these, two are indigenous cases who got the infection from the positive cases traveled from abroad. The rest of the samples have been found negative for the novel virus. Samples of five persons are under process. Of these, 71 were identified through health screening at International Airports and the rest were samples from persons who have self reported.

The situation is being monitored.

World Health Organization has reported 25,288 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection from 73 countries as on 8th June 2009. There have been 139 deaths.

Source: Press Information Bureau, India

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