City susceptible to H1N1 virus

Speaking at an awareness meet organised by the Lakeside Medical Centre and Hospital, on Saturday, she said that with majority of the workforce in IT being youngsters and the H1N1 virus mostly affecting younger population between 20 years and 40 years, the scope of contracting the virus was pretty high. So the challenge before the employers, according to Dr Bhaskran, was to enforce hygienic practices, maintain quality of air in air conditioned enclosed cabins, constantly clean high risk places like reception area, restrooms, cafeteria, lifts, etc.

2.39 lakh screened

Talking about the surveillance system in the BIA, Dr Anbhazhagan, regional director, Government of India, pointed out that since April 29 till July 24, a total of 2,39,898 passengers were screened, out of which 64 were quarantined and 15 tested positive. "In order to contain the virus, I have given 5,000 Tamiflu tablets to the State government and 200 bottles of Tamiflu syrup," he said.

Swine Flu update

Three patients were tested positive for H1N1 Influenza in the City on Saturday; three patients are from Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Chest Diseases (RGICD). Among these three, two  patients are a 25-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, colleague of a patient who is now admitted in Chennai Hospital for H1N1.

 The third patient is a 36-year-old woman, who arrived from Bangkok with her brother who had already tested positive for H1N1 Flu at RGICD. 

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