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Hospitals get their act together

CITY HOSPITALS have geared up to treat avian influenza (bird flu) patients. The Balrampur Hospital and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital authorities have prepared isolation wards for bird flu patients to prevent spread of the virus through human beings.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:15 IST

CITY HOSPITALS have geared up to treat avian influenza (bird flu) patients.
The Balrampur Hospital and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital authorities have prepared isolation wards for bird flu patients to prevent spread of the virus through human beings.

Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr KK Singh has called for an emergency meeting of officials on Monday to chalk out a plan to manage bird flu cases.

He said there were no reports of bird flu in Lucknow, or in the adjoining areas so far, but measures were being taken to identify such patients and decide the line of treatment for them.

He said any person who identified a bird flu patient could immediately contact the control room at the CMO office. Doctors at primary health centres and community health centres have also been asked to inform the control room, if a case of bird flu comes to their notice.

Balrampur Hospital chief medical superintendent Dr Irshan Ali said the hospital had prepared an emergency unit to deal with such patients. The hospital has arranged 12 extra beds for them. Similar arrangements have been made at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital.

According to the WHO, management of an avian influenza case does not differ from that of influenza due to a primary human influenza virus. It also suggests that aspirin, ribavirin and corticosteroids should not be used for such patients.
If a patient tests positive following any one of a number of examinations, he may be suffering from bird flu.

These are positive viral culture for influenza A/H5, positive RT-PCR for influenza A/H5, positive IFA test using A/H5 monoclonal antibodies, or A 4 fold rise in influenza A/H5 specific antibodies titers. Antiviral drugs are to be given orally to the patient and antibiotics are to be added to prevent secondary pulmonary infection to others.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 01:15 IST