H1N1 threat looms over Belgaum

The onset of summer has brought with it the fear of spread of H1N1 influenza. 

As many as 200 cases have been reported in the neighbouring city of Pune and so far nine people have reportedly succumbed to the virus. These numbers and the lack of screening of passengers from Pune for H1N1 before they enter the city has put residents here at risk.

Pune is just 350 km from Belgaum and there is considerable movement of people from Pune to Belgaum. Any laxity in initiating quarantine measures may lead to spread of the influenza. 

Despite this, the Health department is yet to take measures to screen passengers at entry points of the State and quarantine them to prevent the spread of the flu. There are no screening teams positioned at bus terminals or passenger pickup and drop points.

When Deccan Herald contacted District Health Officer Dr D C Manooli, said he had no knowledge of the breakout of H1N1 influenza in Pune and its possible impact on the district. After being informed of the preventive measures taken in Goa, the DHO said suitable measures would be taken to screen people coming from Pune.

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