Two more swine flu cases in India, total 19

June 14th, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Two more people - a 29-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter who arrived from the US - have tested positive for swine flu, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 19 so far.
“The mother and child reached Bangalore Friday from New Jersey. Tests confirmed Saturday night that they are infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus,” S. Buggi, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore, told IANS over phone Sunday.

“We have notified the test results to Delhi (health ministry). The mother and child are under medical treatment at our hospital,” he added.

With the number of swine flu patients in the country on the rise, the health ministry is holding a monitoring committee meeting Sunday along with experts from the World Health Organisation and National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

“We will discuss about various issues related to the disease at the meeting,” said Shashi Khare, head of Virology, NICD.

On Saturday, a 20-month-old boy from Hyderabad tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus, a day after his six-year-old sister was confirmed with the infection.

According to the WHO, which has declared swine flu a pandemic, 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of the influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 145 deaths.

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