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Saturday, June 19, 2010

India : Swine flu returns to Andhra, two fresh cases in Hyderabad

Via The Statesman :

" HYDERABAD, 19 JUNE: Swine flu has returned to haunt Andhra Pradesh with two fresh cases reported in Hyderabad today, health officials said.

One person was admitted to Government Chest Hospital and the other to Gandhi Hospital with symptoms of swine flu. The officials have not given the details of the patients.

The fresh cases were reported a day after a 32-year-old man, undergoing treatment since 14 June at a private hospital, died of swine flu in the port city of Visakhapatnam yesterday. Relatives of the deceased said he had gone to east Godavari district for a function last week, where he developed swine flu symptoms.

This is the first swine flu death in the state this year. The first case of swine flu this year was reported last week, when a 21-year-old pregnant woman from Medak district tested positive.

Following the fresh cases, health authorities in the state have gone on alert to take precautionary measures to check swine flu. As many as 54 people died of swine flu in the state last year. Nearly 800 cases were reported. The first swine flu case in India was detected at Hyderabad airport on 16 May last year. Most of the deaths were reported in September-October."

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