55-year-old woman tests positive for swine flu

  • Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2015 00:29 IST

A 55-year-old resident of Batala Road area, Sarabjit Kaur, has tested positive for swine flu, triggering fears of its spread in the city, as four of her family members are also exhibiting symptoms.

The patient, the first case of swine flu in Punjab, has been admitted to the Fortis Escorts Hospital for treatment.

She had been down with cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue - all symptoms of swine flu (from virus H1N1) - after which her nasal and throat swabs were tested on January 14 and she tested positive on Thursday.

As a precautionary step, the health department has ordered a survey of the area where the patient hails from to identify other suspected cases of swine flu.

The department has also ordered an inquiry into the patient's movements before the diagnosis and has also asked the animal husbandry department to conduct a survey of farm houses and slaughter houses in the city to look for possible signs of outbreak of the disease among animals in the city.

District epidemiologist Dr Raju Chauhan said patient had been sent to an isolation ward set up at the Fortis Escorts Hospital.

No public access is being allowed in areas where she is housed.

"Medication has been provided to her as well as the team of doctors and the nursing staff attending to the patient," he added.

Dr Chauhan added personal protection kits had been issued to doctors attending to the patient as well as her attendants, while the health department has also ordered for medical screening of the patients suspected of the disease.

"The staff attending to her has been issued directions to abstain from giving her ventilator to other patients to prevent the virus from spreading. Directions have also been issued to the doctors, nurses and the patient's own kin to wear masks when they approach her," he said.

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