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Pune wakes up to flu reality; 27 people quarantined

PTI  Pune, August 04, 2009
First Published: 12:46 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 12:48 IST(4/8/2009)

A day after a city girl succumbed to swine flu, authorities on Tuesday swung into action quarantining 27 contacts of the 14-year-old besides putting on medication the staff of the hospital which came in contact with her.


Reedal Shaikh died at Jahangir Hospital in Pune on Monday, making her India's first swine flu fatality. Authorities at her St Anne's school kept the school closed on Tuesday in memory of the departed student.

Dr Pradeep Awte, who heads the nodal flu monitoring cell in Maharashtra, said the mother and cousin sister of the
deceased girl, who were in close contact with her, had tested negative for swine flu.

The authorities have home quarantined 27 other contacts of the girl putting them under surveillance and preventive medication.

The staff of Jehangir hospital, right from the wardboy who interacted with the patient, have been put on medication
after the girl tested positive for H1N1, he added.

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