Three more swine flu cases surface

So far, eight confirmed cases of swine flu have been reported from across the country.
Those who were tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) included the 24-year-old brother of a software engineer who returned from the US on May 31 with the infection. According to the health authorities here, this is the first indigenous case of swine flu in India.

“While all those who tested positive had contracted the virus during their stay abroad, this 24-year-old is the first person to be infected without travelling abroad,” said L V Subrahmanyam, principal secretary of health here.

The other two confirmed cases are a 30-year-old woman and her four-year-old daughter, who were in the same flight as the 28-year-old techie from Philadelphia who arrived on May 31 via London on a British Airways flight.

Four others who travelled on the same flight are under observation. Their blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi.
All the infected people have been kept in isolation and are being treated at the government-run Chest Hospital in Hyderabad.

A government spokesman said that all those tested positive would be treated free.

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