Five new cases of swine flu were detected on Thursday. These include one PGI staff member and two family members of another PGI staffer. Besides, two children of a swine flu patient in Alambagh also tested positive.
The children, as well as others who tested positive, have all been advised isolation.
Meanwhile, two swine flu patients admitted to a private hospital in Alambagh were referred to PGI on Thursday as their condition became serious.
Till now, 17 cases of swine flu have been reported in Lucknow.
The first two patients diagnosed positive for the H1N1 infection had died during treatment. Six more from the family of a contractual staff at PGI were reported from Vikas Nagar; one patient reported from Gomti Nagar was admitted to Lohia hospital; and two were admitted to a private hospital in Alambagh. One patient who tested positive is untraceable, as the address and phone number given by the parents was incorrect.
The condition of majority of the patients is stated to be stable, with the exception of the two referred to PGI.
Doctors said people should not panic, as Influenza A H1N1, or swine flu infection was selflimiting. If diagnosed at an early stage and given proper care and medicine, the patient could get well soon. “Have plenty of water and healthy diet to keep immunity high. This would keep you safe from H1N1, which is just like any other flu,” said Dr Mridul Mehrotra of the Lucknow Association of Practising Pathologists and Microbiologists.
All government hospitals have the facility of screening patients with flu and providing testing facilities for swine flu in cases where symptoms are present. The Lucknow chief medical officer has asked all hospitals to remain on alert.