Three more suspected swine flu cases in Hyderabad

May 6th, 2009 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, May 6 (IANS) Three more people with suspected swine flu were Wednesday admitted to the Andhra Pradesh Chest Hospital here.
While two passengers arriving from New York and Dubai were brought to the hospital, the third from London came on his own. All the three are Indians.

“We have isolated all the three at the Chest Hospital and sent their throat swab and blood samples to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in Delhi,” Sudha Ramna, director of medical education, told IANS.

The nodal officer for swine flu cases said the passengers from New York and Dubai were brought to the hospital straight from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport soon after they landed Wednesday morning.

They were found with suspected symptoms of swine flu during the screening of all international passengers at the airport.

Another person, who was cleared at the airport after his arrival from London in the morning, came to the hospital on his own. “He had no visible symptoms but wanted to undergo the tests,” she said.

With this, the number of suspected swine flu cases reported in the city since April 30 has gone up to seven. All the four previous cases proved negative for the dreaded virus. Three of them were quarantined at the hospital while one person was isolated at his house as he had refused to get himself admitted to the hospital.

A medical team deployed at the airport here is screening about 2,000 passengers every day. The team has so far screened over 14,000 passengers since April 30.

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