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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

India : Four more test positive for swine flu in city

Via Hindustan Times :

" Four more Mumbaiites tested positive for swine flu on Monday, taking the number of H1N1 cases this month to 79, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

While two of these patients have been admitted to KEM Hospital, Parel, one is admitted to Kasturba Hospital, Chinchpokli. The fourth patient, a child, has been admitted to a private hospital.

The onset on monsoon has led to surge in cases of swine flu, just like various other diseases. At least 315 Mumbaiites were hospitalised with fever, gastro enteresis and malaria between Sunday and Monday morning.

Throat swabs of at least 166 patients have been tested for H1N1 at the Polymerase Chain Reaction Testing Laboratory at Kasturba this month. About 50 of them tested positive for swine flu, taking the positivity rate to more than 30 per cent. In summer months, the rate was less than 10 per cent, according to Dr Geeta Natraj, microbiology professor at KEM who is in-charge of the laboratory."

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