3 cases of swine flu in city, all PGI staffers

Three positive H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) cases have been reported in the city in the past two weeks from the department of Cytology Gynae Pathology at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

According to officials of the UT Health department, all three cases are employees of the institute who work in the Cytology department.

Officials said that the first case was reported about two weeks back and the other two cases were reported from the same department within a gap of two days.

"While it is not known as to how the the first patient got the disease, the other two were infected due to close proximity," said the Health department official. The first patient incidentally had no travel history in the recent past.

A PGI faculty member of the Department of Virology said that health workers are always at a risk of getting such infections, "...but there is no need to panic as proper medicines and isolation helps in speedy recovery."

Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, UT, said: "All three patients have recovered after they were house quarantined and were also given Tami Flu, the medicine to be taken during this flu. Their family members were also given the medicines."

He said that there are chances of the flu to spread in this season and thus people should be careful with cough and cold conditions in this weather.

It has been advised that one should always cover the face while sneezing of coughing as the flu can spread through the air, one should avoid crowded places if one has persistent cough and sneezing problems.

"We are creating awareness among the residents of the city to be careful," added Dr Garg. He also said these were the only cases which were reported in the last one year in the city.

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