Several Bangaloreans volunteer for swine flu screening

June 17th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, June 17 (IANS) Bangaloreans have become proactive in voluntarily getting themselves screened for the H1N1 influenza infection after two swine flu cases were reported in the city, health officials said Wednesday.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) here has been seeing people coming voluntarily to get themselves screened, officials added.

“Around 23 people were screened Tuesday,” RGICD director Shashidhar Buggi told IANS.

“Of them, 15 people were home quarantined and we have sent their samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, for tests. Two people have also been admitted in our Institute and they are under observation,” said the director.

“Today (Wednesday) also we’re receiving people who are coming to get themselves checked voluntarily. The number now stands at five. We’re also receiving dozens of calls from Bangaloreans,” he added.

One of the persons admitted to the institute is a Swedish woman in her 30s, who came to Bangalore a few days back. On her way back home, she developed symptoms of H1N1 flu and is currently under observation at the RGICD.

A 34-year-old Indian, who developed swine flu symptoms after he returned to Bangalore from his recent trip to Thailand, also is under observation at the RGICD.

The state government’s health surveillance toll-free helpline number 1056 is flooded with queries about swine flu and preventive measures to stop the spread of the dreaded virus.

A 29-year-old woman and her three-year daughter, the first two people confirmed to be suffering from swine flu in Bangalore, are currently being treated with dosages of Tamiflu at the RGICD.


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