Three test positive for swine flu in Indore; health dept on high alert

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 17:58 IST

Three patients tested positive for swine flu (H1N1) on Saturday, three days after two swine flu (H1N1) deaths were reported in Indore, taking the total number of swine flu patients to five.

While a 32-year-old man from Harda is undergoing treatment at CHL-Apollo, two women, aged 36 and 44 years, are undergoing treatment in Choithram and Aurbindo Hospital respectively.

"Their condition is critical. All of them were admitted on Wednesday and have serious respiratory problems," said Dr GL Sodhi, in charge of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).

Dr Sodhi further said: "Till March, there will be a favourable climate for the spread of swine flu virus. Though the first case was reported around June last year, there has been a different trend this year."

Officials of the health department are on high alert and to keep the situation under control, a meeting of all the heads of private hospitals, senior health officials, head of the microbiology department of MGM Medical College, among others, will be held on Monday.

The meeting will focus on ways to brief doctors and patients on the correct procedure to be followed while treating swine flu. According to experts, severe cold and cough, difficulty in breathing, spotting blood in phlegm, finger nails turning blue and infection in lungs are some of the symptoms of swine flu.

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