Swine flu cases cross 500-mark

“With the 11 fresh cases, the total number of cases has risen to 509. Out of this, 365 patients have been discharged. Rest of them remain admitted to identified health facilities,” Health Ministry officials said.

Besides the four fresh cases in Delhi, three cases have been reported from Pune, two from Kozhikode and one each from Kochi and Hyderabad.

11 fresh cases

In the national capital, three cases— two girls aged seven and a 12-year-old boy—contracted the virus through human-to-human transmission mode, while the fourth case is that of a 12-year-old boy who travelled from Muscat and reached Delhi on July 28.
All the three cases in Pune— two girls and a boy aged 11 years —are contacts of previously reported swine flu cases.

Out of the two cases in Kozhikode, one is that of a 31-year-old man who reached the southern city from Georgia on July 24.

Another 31-year-old man, who travelled from Singapore and reached Kozhikode on 28 July 2009, was the second case reported from the city. In Kochi, a 20-year-old man who reached the port city from Singapore on July 22 tested positive, while the case in Hyderabad was that of a five-year-old boy who is a contact of a previously reported case.  
“Out of 2,326 people tested so far,  509 have tested positive for swine flu; and 518 out of the 2326 persons have been identified through entry screening, 470 through contact tracing and the rest self reported,” officials said.

Schools hit

In Pune, medical teams started surveillance at the swine flu-affected localities in the city even as one more school reported a fresh case taking the number of schools hit by the virus to seven.

The latest addition to the list of flu affected schools was Annasaheb Patil Vidyalaya in the Kothrud area.

In Tamil Nadu, four persons have been quarantined in Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari hospitals following diagnosis of swine flu symptoms in them.

PTI

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