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Swine flu spreads, total cases mount to 23

india Updated: Jun 15, 2009 10:38 IST

Swine flu spread to Bangalore and Jalandhar as six more persons, including three children and two women, tested positive for the virus on their return from the US taking the total number of flu cases in the country to 23 on Sunday.

A 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter, who arrived at Bengaluru airport from New Jersey on June 12, were quarantined at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore and tested positive, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Usha Vasunkar said, adding a couple and a woman were also quarantined but they tested negative.

In Jalandhar, Civil Surgeon Dr S S Walia said a student of Guru Amar Dass Public School has been found positive for swine flu and admitted to a Delhi hospital.

“Thirty-one students had gone for an educational trip to the US and when they came back yesterday, one of them was found at Delhi Airport to have symptoms of swine flu. He accordingly was put to tests that found him positive,” Walia told reporters, adding eight others of the group were having light fever.

“We are persuading parents of the eight students to keep their children in an isolated ward of civil hospital, so that they could be kept under observation till the report of their blood samples come from Delhi, where it were sent,” principal of the school, Tarlochan Singh, said.

In Hyderabad, Dr SV Prasad, Superintendent of Chest Hospital, said three suspected flu patients, including a four-year-old girl, her eight-year-old sister and their 42-year-old grandmother, who came here from New York, tested positive, taking the number of total number of confirmed cases in the city to five.

Two confirmed cases are already under treatment at the hospital including a one-and-half-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl who also returned from New York.

In addition to the five confirmed positive cases, there are five suspected cases under quarantine and awaiting reports from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, (NICD) New Delhi.

The suspects include a nine-year-old boy arriving from New York, an 43-year old lady from Kuwait, a five-year-old girl from USA, and a 32-year old lady, who returned from New York.

A 27-year old person coming back from the US is also a suspect. Blood samples and throat swabs of the suspects have already been sent for virology tests at the NICD.

Meanwhile, doctors at the Chest Hospital in Hyderabad are administering anti-viral drugs 'Oscaltamivir'. All patients are progressing well, doctors said.