With three new cases, India’s swine flu tally at 59

June 21st, 2009 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Three people - a Chennai couple and a teenage boy from the capital - Sunday tested positive for the swine flue, taking the total number of pandemic virus affected people in India to 59.
Of these, 32 have been discharged after recovery and the remaining are stable, the health ministry said.

The new cases reported include a 29-year-old man and his 25-year-old wife from Chennai and a 15-year old boy from the capital, said a health ministry statement.

The couple travelled to Chennai from North Carolina, US, June 13 via Delhi transiting at New Jersey and Mumbai. They reported at the identified health facility the next day. The teenager arrived in Delhi from New York June 17 and admitted himself at an identified facility two days later.

“Now the total number of people who tested positive from the capital is 16. However, this is nothing alarming. All contacts are being traced and we are also discharging those who have recovered. Today we discharged five or six people,” Delhi Health Secretary J.P. Singh told IANS.

Indian health authorities have so far tested samples of 421 people, of whom 59 have tested positive for virus.

Six of them are indigenous cases who got the infection from the positive cases who travelled from abroad.

Among these people, 138 were identified through health screening at international airports, 20 through contact tracing and the rest had reported on their own.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported 44,287 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection from 94 countries as on June 19. The pandemic has claimed 180 lives.

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