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Herd immunity against swine flu

india Updated: Oct 31, 2009 11:03 IST

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With the city earning the dubious distinction of having the largest number of swine flu victims in the country, a heavily burdened health care apparatus is banking on development of herd immunity to combat the pandemic.

Confronted with an unrelenting spread of the virus in urban, semi-urban and rural areas in and around Pune which claimed its first swine flu fatality on August 3, the state health authorities are eagerly awaiting the findings of a research undertaken by National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune on herd immunity.

While NIV, the sole designated agency for testing the H1N1 infection, has not come out with any official word on its survey, health department sources said the findings appear to be encouraging.

"We understand that as per the ongoing NIV survey on herd immunity-----the community's building up resistance against the pandemic---about 15 to 20 per cent of population in Pune is likely to have developed H1N1 antibodies," RR Pardeshi, the civic medical officer entrusted with monitoring of swine flu, told