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56 new flu cases in state

The flurry of testing sparked off by the first swine flu death in Pune earlier this week resulted in the discovery of 56 new cases in the state on Friday. Of these, 16 were in Mumbai.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2009 01:00 IST
HT Correspondents

The flurry of testing sparked off by the first swine flu death in Pune earlier this week resulted in the discovery of 56 new cases in the state on Friday. Of these, 16 were in Mumbai.

The total number of swine flu cases across the state is 212.

A 28-year-old tested positive for swine flu in Mumbai on Friday and is critically ill. He was admitted at Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, on August 3.

Civic officials have asked Hiranandani to not shift him to Kasturba Hospital. “Kasturba gave us Tamiflu and asked us to treat him. Epidemiologists will visit our hospital to trace those whom the patient was in touch with,” said Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Hiranandani Hospital.

A Class 12 student of Apeejay School, Nerul, tested positive on Friday and was admitted to Kasturba Hospital.

A six-year-old girl, treated for pneumonia, was diagnosed with swine flu and moved to the intensive care unit of Sassoon Hospital, Pune, after her condition deteriorated.

The civic body shut RIMS International, Juhu, where a 12-year-old student was found infected on August 5. Other students of the school were screened and declared fit. Civic officials fumigated the school, that will reopen on Monday.

Many city schools have started screening their students.

BMC started three new screening centres at Bhabha Hospital in Bandra, Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and Bhagwati Hospital in Borivli. Two more hospitals, MT Agarwal in Mulund and Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon, will be ready with isolation wards soon, authorities said.

The number of positive cases soared with an increase in the number of people getting tested. While 15 to 20 people a day got tested in Mumbai before Rida Shaikh (14) died in Pune, the number has risen to 150 a day since then. On Friday, over 200 people got tested at Kasturba Hospital.

One of the two critically ill patients in Pune has stabilised. The two — a doctor with Inlaks Hospital and a 35-year-old pharmacist — were admitted in Sassoon Hospital on Thursday evening.

“The pharmacist has a history of rheumatic heart disease and tested positive for the H1N1 virus. His condition is stabilising,” said hospital dean Arun Jamkar.

The Centre on Friday issued fresh guidelines, asking states to increase hospitals for treatment, besides allowing private hospitals to treat patients and set up information helplines.