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Swine-flu affected businessman relents, hospitalised

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2009 23:53 IST

A swine flu-afflicted businessman, who refused to be hospitalised and passed on the disease to his mother, relented tonight and is now undergoing treatment at the RML hospital in New Delhi.

M Lal, Director of Health Services, Delhi government, told PTI that after much persuasion the hospital staff was able to shift the 34-year-old businessman and his mother to the hospital from their home at Rajkori farmhouse near the Palam international airport.

Lal said the mother-son duo were taken to the hospital at around 8.30 pm after the family was told of the gravity of the situation and at stake was not only public health but their own lives if treatment is further delayed.

The businessman carried the swine flu virus from New York but refused to be hospitalised in Delhi and insisted on being treated at home. In the process due to the lapse of time, he passed on the infection to his mother.

"We have quarantined all the family members of the businessman as well the servants in the home. The blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Disease for test," Lal added.

While Delhi has had three positive cases of swine flu, the total number of cases in the country has risen to 11.

Delhi got its third case of swine flu with a person who returned from Boston recently testing positive for the virus.

The result for the latest case was positive, NICD Director Shivlal said.