Two more swine flu cases take total to 80
Two teenaged girls, one each from Delhi and Mumbai, were on Friday confirmed to have contracted swine flu, taking the total number of people detected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus in India to 80, health officials said in New Delhi.
"At least 629 persons have been tested so far, of whom 80 are positive for Influenza A (H1N1)," an official statement said here.
The officials said a 15-year-old girl, who traveled from the US and had come to Delhi June 22 and finally reached Mumbai by train the next day, had tested positive.
The girl complained of fever, cough and running nose and reported to an identified health facility at Mumbai June 25.
In Delhi, an 18-year-old-girl tested positive. Without giving further details, the officials said she had come in contact with a person who was earlier infected with the virus.
She was admitted to a health facility in Delhi June 25, they said.
Of the 80 cases, seven are through human contacts.
Of the total 80 cases, 56 have been discharged. The rest of them remain admitted to identified health facilities, the officials said.
Out of the 629 people tested for the virus so far, at least 176 were identified through entry screening at the 22 international airports across the country, while 21 were through contact tracing and the rest had self-reported.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 55,867 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection from 108 countries were reported till June 24.
There have been 238 deaths globally, mostly in Mexico and the US.