2 new positive cases of swine flu in India

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The samples of two patients [34 year old female and 5 year old boy (mother and child)] who are admitted in the identified isolation facility at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu have tested positive for Novel Influenza A [H1N1].

Both have traveled from USA [Flight EK 204] to India transiting Dubai [Flight EK 542] and reached Chennai on 28th May, 2009.

Subsequently, they traveled to Coimbatore by domestic flight [King Fisher IT-2901] the same day. They reported to the identified health facility as the child had fever before leaving USA.

They are on treatment with Oseltamivir and presently afebrile. All their local contacts have been traced. They are afebrile and their health status is being monitored. The Passengers of the King Fisher flight and that of EK-542 are being traced and advised to monitor their health status.

World Health Organization has reported 15,510 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection from 53 countries as on 29th May 2009. There have been 99 deaths. Country-wise details annexed. (There is no further update from WHO till 17.00 hrs IST)

Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in 21 International airports. 47707 passengers have been screened on 1.6.2009. Around 21274 passengers were from affected countries. 221 doctors and 88 paramedics have been deployed to man 76 counters at the above airports. Two passengers who arrived at Delhi airport were shifted to the isolation facility. Till date about 12.77 lakh passengers have been screened.

So far samples of 131 persons have been tested of which three have been tested positive for novel Influenza A [H1N1]. The rest of the samples have been found negative for the novel virus. Samples of five persons are under process. Out of these, 48 were identified through health screening at International Airports and the rest were samples from persons who have self reported.

All three positive samples are of persons who traveled to India from affected country. As of now there had been no further spread.

The situation is being monitored.

Source: Press Information Bureau, India

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