Two H1N1 suspects admitted at RGICD

Two H1N1 suspects admitted at RGICD

Swabs from six others have been sent to NIV

 Two suspected cases of H1N1 flu were admitted to RGICD on Sunday. One is a 25-year-old male who landed in the City from Finland on July 8 and another is a 34-year-old man who arrived from Sweden on June 30.

Seven suspected cases visited the hospital and six throat swabs have been sent for analysis to National Institute of Virology, Pune. Meanwhile, a 5-year-old girl along with her 8-year-old sister, who returned from New York on July 5 who tested positive for H1N1 on Friday are admitted at Lakeside Medical Centre and Hospital.

Their mother is also undergoing treatment as a precaution since she is staying with the children.

Presently, the hospital has two adults admitted, out of whom a 27-year-old male will be discharged on Monday but will have to undergo five-day home quarantine.

About admitting suspect cases, Dr Raviraj, the hospital's residential medical doctor, said, "We have made clear that we will attend to positive cases. However, it would be very difficult to manage suspect cases." There have been no new admissions.

New guidelines

As per the new guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), subsequent samples of patients who tested positive for the virus are not required. Once a patient tests positive he or she has to go through the quarantine period of five days and during that period, only the symptoms will be monitored. If the symptoms do not subside, then the second swab will be collected on the 5th day of the quarantine period.

Symptoms

It is advisable if any one who has arrived from abroad and has following symptoms to visit RGICD to undergo screening for H1N1 Flu:

*High fever

*Sore throat or itching throat 

* Stuffy or running nose

*Cough and sneezing

*Body ache

*Head ache

*Chills and fatigue

*Diarrhoea 

*Vomiting

High-risk group

*Those aged above 65, or children below 5 years

*Pregnant women

*Those with chronic medical conditions related to respiratory problems like asthma, wheezing, etc

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