3 more test positive for swine flu in City

16 more visit RGICD voluntarily

Of the cases tested positive, one was that of a 12-year-old boy, who reached Bangalore on June 15. The throat swab samples of his father, mother and brother were collected and sent for tests to the National Institute of Virology (NIC), Pune. 

The other two confirmed cases were that of a 48-year-old man and a 38-year-old person, who arrived here from Bangkok by a Thai Airways flight on June 14.  All the confirmed cases visited RGICD voluntarily and were not referred from the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA).

Confirming the positive cases, RGICD Director Shashidhar Buggi said dosages of prophylactic medication to the patients were given as soon as the results were out. 
Meanwhile, 16 more persons voluntarily visited RGICD on Wednesday, out of whom 13 were adults and three were children. Eleven of them were male and five female, all of whom had landed in Bangalore a week ago. Twelve samples have been collected and the results will be announced on Thursday.

The mother-daughter who were reported as the first two positive H1N1 flu case in the City are recovering now and are under medication. Their latest throat swab samples have turned negative.

However, they still need to stay at the hospital for another week to completely recover from the virus influenza.

In all, there are five patients admitted at the RGICD till date.

On the increase in the number of positive cases, Director of Health & Family Services, Dr Usha Vasunkar said the positive cases had developed symptoms after they had reached Bangalore.

She said, "In case we have more number of confirmed cases, we have made arrangement and extended our isolation wards to Victoria Hospital and Lake View hospitals."

On tracking passengers of Air France, she said 15 contacts have been traced and 13 of them have been given dosages of the medication. The other passengers of the Thai Airways are yet to be tracked, she said.

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