A suspected case of swine flu has evoked fears of its outbreak again, sending the district health authorities on their toes. Jaspal Kaur, a 47-year-old resident of Gurdaspur, was brought to the city around four days ago with the symptoms of H1N1 virus and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital here.
District epidemiologist Dr Charanjit Singh said that Jaspal's swab samples had been sent to Chandigarh for examination and the report is awaited. "We are trying to figure out people who had omce in contact with the patient ever since she was taken ill. She does not have a travel history," he said.
He said that the future course of treatment of Jaspal and those who had come in contact with her would depend on her swab sample report. Health officials said three confirmed cases of swine flu had come to the city this year from Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur and the virus claimed one life last month.
One suspected case of swine flu has also been reported from Tarn Taran. Civil surgeon, Tarn Taran, Dr Dharam Pal, said that though isolation wards had been set up at the civil hospital and primary health centres, still they referred the suspected swine flu patients to Amritsar for treatment.
Dr Charanjit said that isolation wards for the swine flu patients were in place at the civil hospital and all sub-divisional hospitals. He maintained that the disease is caused by the H1N1 virus and its symptoms include cough and cold accompanied by high fever, headache, sore throat, reduced appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.
He added that the person affected with H1N1 virus should take adequate sleep and a nutritious diet to fight the virus.
He said that private medical practitioners have been asked to get the medical screening of the suspected cases done before starting the treatment and private hospitals have been asked to set up isolation wards.