8 students in Punjab suspected to have swine flu

June 14th, 2009 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Jalandhar, June 14 (IANS) At least eight students from a private school in Punjab’s Jalandhar city are under the scanner after health authorities Sunday found that one of their classmates had tested positive for the influenza A(H1N1) swine flu virus.
If confirmed, this would raise to 28 the number of swine flu cases in the country.

The eight Punjab patients were part of a group of 31 students and three teachers of the Guru Amar Das Public school who had gone to New York and Florida on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

One of the students tested positive for the virus in a Delhi hospital, school officials here said.

Following this, all the remaining students were screened here by health officials and eight of them displayed symptoms of the H1N1 virus.

School principal Tarlochan Singh said one of the boys, who was running a fever and showing other signs of influenza, was admitted to a government hospital immediately after the group landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport Saturday.

“At least eight students are displaying swine flu like symptoms. We have moved them to an isolation ward at the civil hospital and advised them and their families against mixing around with others,” health official P.P. Sandhu, who examined them, said.

Blood samples of the eight students have been sent for testing at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in Delhi.

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