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One More Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Total Cases Rise To 13

One More Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Total Cases Rise To 13

The Health Ministry's Communicable Disease Control Department yesterday issued a statement urging citizens to be aware of the influenza strain H1N1 that has the potential to spread rapidly during the rainy season.

Earlier, a patient from Syangja district, who was infected with the H1N1 virus, died in the course of treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Death toll due to H1N1 influenza in Nepal reached six on Thursday after a 37-year-old woman, who was admitted to intensive care unit of Green City Hospital, Kathmandu, died of swine flu in the course of treatment.

"She was brought to our hospital in critical condition two days ago", he said, adding that doctors at the hospital suspected H1N1 influenza and kept her in isolation. With them the number of swine flu patients this year has increased to 51 in Dehradun. "However, people need to be cautious while moving in crowded places".

Five swine flu cases have been detected in Odisha and senior health officials said the state government is "fully prepared" to tackle the situation.

He said if anyone experiences such symptoms for more than three days, they should immediately see a doctor. A public awareness drive is also being launched to sensitise people about the disease, he said.

Special wards have been opened in all the medical college hospitals and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar to handle swine flu cases while arrangements have been made also in district headquarter hospitals to provide healthcare for swine flu cases.

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