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2 patients test positive for H1NI virus

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2011 01:11 IST
HT Correspondent

Two patients in the city tested positive for the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, on Monday.

The last confirmed swine flu case was reported in the city in January, said Dr AH Bandiwadekar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Civic officials confirmed that a 37-year-old woman from Chandivli and a three-year-old girl from Tardeo have tested positive for the virus this monsoon.

Dr Abhay Chowdhary, director of Haffkine Institute, Parel said the institute received the swab samples of both the patients last week. “The swab samples of the woman and the child were sent from Nair Hospital and LH Hiranandani Hospital at Powai respectively. The positive report came in on Monday,” he added.

Dr Chowdhary said that during the monsoon they expected to see more swine flu patients as the virus becomes active during the period.

“The two patients were treated on an outpatient basis. There was no need to isolate the patients as the virus is already in the air,” said Dr Daksha Shah, head of the epidemiology cell, BMC.

She added that the number of swine flu cases in the city is not alarming compared to last year. According to statistics from Directorate of Health Services, 23 patients have been suspected of having contracted the virus since April until June 19 and were administered Tamiflu.