Pune’s first case of swine flu, a techie

Pune has its first case of H1N1 virus (swine flu), a 24-year-old software engineer who hails from Uttar Pradesh and stays in the city. The case was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on Monday evening.

The engineer was detected with swine flu symptoms and had been quarantined at the Naidu Hospital since Saturday. His throat swabs were sent to the NIV on Sunday. Dr M S Chadda, Deputy Director, NIV, when contacted, confirmed that the samples had tested positive for H1N1 virus.

The techie had visited New Jersey and flown to Mumbai via London. He came to Pune and then went to Lucknow and Delhi before returning to the city on June 18. He has been travelling since June 13. After he showed swine flu symptoms, he volunteered to be admitted to the hospital on Saturday, said Dr D B Barathe, superintendent, Naidu Hospital.

Even as the state and local health officials were officially waiting for a confirmation from the Centre to declare the patient positive with the swine flu virus, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) medical officer Dr R R Pardeshi said Tamiflu medication will be given to the patient.

"It is not a complicated case. He seems stable and will be quarantined for five to seven days as per the guidelines," Pardeshi said. So far 20 people with swine flu symptoms had been isolated at the specially set up 'quarantine ward' at Naidu Hospital, run by the PMC.

Meanwhile, another 27-year-old engineer who had arrived in Mumbai from Atlanta, USA, and had been quarantined at Naidu Hospital, has tested negative for the H1N1 virus.

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