Swine flu: 13 new cases appear

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 19:21 IST

Thirteen new cases of swine flu were confirmed in the Valley on Saturday. However, no fresh death has been reported in the state.

According to a spokesperson of Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), 50 samples were collected for testing out of 283 patients, who were checked for respiratory illnesses.

The number of total swine flu affected persons has now reached 109 since October last in the state. Four people have died of H1N1 in the Valley so far.

The SKIMS dismissed the news of death in the hospital on Friday. "There have been no deaths today or yesterday,'' medical superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said.

"Six patients are admitted to the isolation ward, out of which only one patient has been on ventilator for three days. We have discharged six people," he added.

According to health authorities, all required facilities are in place and 4,000 N-95 masks have been received by the hospital on Friday. 6,000 Tamiflu tablets are also expected to be received soon.

Experts at SKIMS reiterate that there is no need to panic and general public is advised to take necessary precautions, like regular hand washing, and not touching face unnecessarily. "The disease is going down,'' said Dr Jan.

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