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Seven cases of swine flu reported in Mumbai

A private pathological laboratory in the city reported seven positive cases of swine flu on Sunday, taking the tally of H1N1 cases to 46 this year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2012 00:56 IST
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A private pathological laboratory in the city reported seven positive cases of swine flu on Sunday, taking the tally of H1N1 cases to 46 this year.

Doctors said that with monsoon setting in, the drop in temperatures will result in the growth of the virus.

A 57-year-old woman from Bandra, 29-year-old man from Malad, 36-year-old man from Malad, 37-year-old woman from Sewri, 22-year-old woman from LT Marg, six-year-old girl from Mahim and a 30-year-old woman from Bandra tested positive.

Of the seven cases diagnosed positive, only the 36-year-old man from Malad is admitted in a private hospital while the rest were administered Tami flu medication at the outdoor patient department in private clinics.

“We need to understand that the H1N1 should not be seen with reference to the swine flu out break in 2009 when maximum number of cases were reported. It must be treated like any other influenza,” said Dr Anil Bandivdekar, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Doctors said that while people should avoid unnecessary testing, it is important to remain cautious. “Mortality with H1N1 has reduced,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, physician, Breach Candy Hospital. “We will see a rise in cases, when the temperatures change.”

According to Dr Pradeep Awate, swine flu in-charge at the Maharashtra Directorate of Health Services, monsoon is favourable for the virus growth. “We must be cautious and seek medical help as soon as symptoms become visible,” he said.

Awate further added that since April this year, H1N1 has claimed 16 lives and affected 263 people from across the state. In April, Trushali Divade, 23, from Dhule had succumbed to the virus at JJ hospital. She died a day after delivering a dead foetus.