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11 more test positive for swine flu

With 11 more persons testing positive for H1N1 virus in Kerala, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the state has gone up to 161.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2009 14:04 IST

With 11 more persons testing positive for H1N1 virus in Kerala, the total number of confirmed swine flu cases in the state has gone up to 161.

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, five were from Malappuram, three from Kozhikode and one each from Alappuzha, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta, health officials said in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.

At present, 36 persons are in isolation wards at various hospitals in the state, while eight patients are in Intensive Care Units, they said.

A total of 6,120 persons, including 53 persons who voluntarily turned up for tests, were screened at various government hospitals in Kerala for H1N1 virus on Wednesday, the officials said.

The others were passengers who arrived at the three international airports in the state, they said.

Meanwhile, state health officials held a review meeting to assess the situation and also discussed preventive measures to be taken, considering the possibility of more people from other states and abroad coming to Kerala for Onam.