A cab driver engaged in ferrying people to and from Hyderabad international airport was diagnosed with swine flu, making it the first such case in Andhra Pradesh this summer.
“The patient is in his forties and was brought to our hospital in a critical condition. What aggravated the situation was that he was obese and suffered from diabetes. He is on a ventilator and responding well to treatment,” said Dr K. Subhakar, who is in charge of swine flu cases at Government Chest Hospital in Hyderabad.
“We are not sure how he contracted the disease, but possibly he got it through contact with some H1N1-infected passengers,” he said.
In the wake of detection of a fresh case of the dreaded infection, the state has directed airports in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam to increase screening of passengers. The screening, which was on a war footing last year, was scaled down with fall in incidence of HINI attacks.
The first case of swine flu in the country was detected in Hyderabad last May. It spread like wildfire for the three following months, killing 53 people and affecting another 786.
Fearing a similar outbreak this summer, the state government is not taking any chances. “We have activated medical teams at airports and installed thermal sensors,” Dr Subhakar said.