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Hospital stay not required in many cases

Almost half of the swine flu positive cases in Mumbai did not need to be hospitalised.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 01:30 IST
Neha Bhayana

Almost half of the swine flu positive cases in Mumbai did not need to be hospitalised.

Out of 126 people who tested positive for (H1N1) swine flu in the city till date, 58 did not need to be admitted, 41 has been discharged and 27 are in hospitals. Those who recovered from the flu, did so on their own or after being administered anti-viral drug Tamiflu at home.

Revealing this, the Mumbai civic body claimed that H1N1 virus was not as dangerous as it has been made out to be. But the widespread panic was causing troubles in management of the disease putting unnecessary pressure on the infrastructure and the system.

Haffkine Institute, city’s only facility to test swine flu swab samples, is reeling under a backlog of 1800 samples. “We have increased our capacity, but if samples come at this rate we will have to restrict the number,” said Abhay Chaudhary, Director of Haffkine Institute.