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4 more swine flu cases in Delhi; tally touches 35

Swine flu continued its onslaught against children in India, with three of the four new cases in Delhi being detected in those under 18 years of age. As many as 15 of the 18 cases confirmed since Sunday were in children.

delhi Updated: Jun 18, 2009 00:21 IST
HT Correspondent

Swine flu continued its onslaught against children in India, with three of the four new cases in Delhi being detected in those under 18 years of age.

As many as 15 of the 18 cases confirmed since Sunday were in children.

The four new confirmations on Wednesday took the number of swine flu cases in India to 35.

All the 18 new infections are imports from the US. There have been only two cases of the infection travelling within India from infected passengers to their families.

Globally, 35,928 cases have been reported in 76 countries, with 163 deaths.

Among those who tested positive on Wednesday were a 17-year-old boy from Washington who reached New Delhi on Sunday, June 14, and developed symptoms on June 16. Another 10-year-old boy from Canada reached Delhi on Sunday transiting through Amsterdam and reported for test on Tuesday.

The other two cases are 35-year-old woman and her six-year-old son who arrived in Delhi from Chicago on Air India flight 126 on June 11.

They are getting treated at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and the Airport Health Organisation (APHO) Hospital near IGI Airport.

All four have been put under medication and are responding to treatment. Their contacts have been traced and given preventive doses of the anti-viral drug oseltamivir (brandname Tamiflu) to prevent infection.

Ten people have tested positive in Delhi, of which five have recovered and gone home.

Two patients from RML Hospital, two from APHO Hospital and one from Lok Nayak (LN) Hospital were discharged over the past week after testing negative.

“We have asked all Delhi government hospitals to have a 10-bedded isolation wards ready as soon as possible. Eleven hospitals already have the facility ready and the rest have assured us that they will do it in next couple of days,” said JP Singh, principal secretary (Health), Delhi government.