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Pune techie is third case in state

india Updated: Jun 23, 2009 01:55 IST
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He’s the third case in the state. A 24-year-old software engineer, who had been quarantined at Pune’s Naidu Hospital on Saturday, tested positive for Influenza A/ H1N1 or swine flu on Monday.

“He has been put on anti-viral drug Tamiflu,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, head of the state Health Department’s influenza cell.

The state screens everyone with whom a swine flu patient has had contact to prevent spreading of the infection. But it could be a challenging task in the Pune software engineer’s case as he had travelled extensively in the US.

State Director General of Health Services Dr D.S. Dakure said attempts were on to identify his contacts. “We will surely trace all the contacts in Maharashtra,” he said.

A 36-year-old engineer and a 23-year-old woman journalist were the state’s first and second cases of swine flu.

Both of them are in isolated cubicles at Kasturba Hospital’s quarantine ward.

“They are feeling better,” said Medical Superintendent Dr U. Haigal.

Two more people were quarantined at Kasturba Hospital on Monday for suspected swine flu.

One of them, a 48-year-old woman, had recently been to the United States.

A doctor at the Hinduja Hospital referred her to Kasturba Hospital on Monday morning as she had all symptoms of swine flu.

The other, a 36-year-old man who returned from China and Singapore on June 4, got himself admitted to Kasturba Hospital on Monday with swine flu symptoms.