298 positive for Influenza A H1N1 recorded in India

Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries to India is continuing in 22 International airports. 50,858 passengers have been screened on 18.7.2009 of which 40,675 passengers were from affected countries.

224 doctors and 112 paramedics are manning 81 counters at these airports. A cumulative total of 3562122 passengers have been screened.

Thirteen new laboratory confirmed cases have been reported today: Delhi (3), Chandigarh (2), Roopnagar, Punjab (1), Kasargod, Kerala (1), Gurgaon (3), Hyderabad (2) and Pune (1).

Out of the three cases in Delhi, two (one 12 year old female child and another 15 year old male child) are school contacts of previous positive cases in Delhi. The third case is a 7 year old boy who travelled from London, U.K by Air India Flight reaching Delhi on 18th July 2009. As he was found to be having fever, headache and running nose he was detected at the airport during screening and was admitted in the identified health facility.

One of the two cases in Chandigarh is a 50 year old female who travelled from Singapore by Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 408 reaching Delhi on 15th July 2009 and proceeding to Chnadigarh on own car. She reported with symptoms of fever and sore-throat on 17th July to the identified health facility. The second case is a 29 year old male who travelled from London, UK by Virgin Airlines Flight VS 300 reaching Delhi on 14th July 2009. On 17th July 2009, he reported with symptoms to the identified health facility.

The case in Roopnagar, Punjab is a 8 year old male child who travelled from Singapore transiting Bangkok reaching Delhi on12th July. On 16th July he reported with symptoms of cough and fever to the identified health facility.

The case in Kasargod is a 6 year old male child who travelled from Sharjah, UAE by Air Arabia Flight GN 0451 reaching Calicut on 14th July. He reported with low grade fever on 16th July and was admitted in the identified health facility.

All the three cases in Gurgaon are female students (aged 14, 11 and 8 years) who are school contacts of a previously reported positive case in Gurgaon.

Out of the two cases in Hyderabad, one is a 58 year old male who travelled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Hyderabad transiting Mumbai [Air India Flight AI 824 and Jet Airways 9W 541) reaching Hyderabad on 16th July. He reported with fever, sore-throat and bodyache on 17th July and was admitted in the identified health facility. The second case is a 32 year old male who travelled from Kuala Lumpur by Malaysian Airlines Flight reaching Hyderabad on 13th July 2009. He reported with symptoms of fever and bodyache on 17th July to the identified health facility.

The Pune case is a 13 year old female who is a school contact case of previously reported case in Pune.

1549 persons have been tested so far out of which 298 are positive for Influenza A H1N1 [Swine]. 449 out of the 1549 persons have been identified through entry screening, 198 through contact tracing and the rest were self reported.

Inadvertently, on the report of 18th July 2009, a repeat positive test was counted, which has now been corrected and the total positive case as on 19th July is 297.

Of the 297 positive cases, 181 have been discharged. Rest of them remain admitted to the identified health facility.

The situation is being monitored.

World Health Organization has reported 94,512 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection from 135 countries as on 6th July 2009. There have been 429 deaths. There is no further update.

Source: Press Information Bureau, India



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