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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

India : One more tests positive for H1N1

Article from Times of India :

" PUNE: One more person tested positive for H1N1 flu in the city on Monday. With this, the total number of swine flu cases has gone up to six in the city, since April this year.

Also, the number of throat swab samples arriving at the National Institute of Virology has now gone up to 45 per day from the earlier one-two samples every day.

"The throat swab samples coming to NIV are mainly from Pune, Nanded and Nashik," said Mandeep Chadha, deputy director, NIV. "These are sporadic cases and there is no need to panic as the rate of positive cases is low. We are constantly monitoring the situation," he added.

"The case of the 36-year-old man, who tested positive on Monday, is the only one this month. The patient is a resident of Magarpatta City in Hadapsar. Of the other five cases, three were registered in May and two in April," said S T Pardeshi, assistant health officer, PMC.

"The three cases in May were from a city-based hospital. A doctor and two nurses had contracted the disease while treating a swine flu patient," Pardeshi said.

Since most of us have developed a natural immunity due to extended exposure to swine flu and some have vaccine-induced immunity, finding swine flu antibodies in blood is normal, but in such cases, the throat swab would not test positive."

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