On Monday, new cases of swine flu were diagnosed in the city
of Hyderabad, which included a six-month-old baby boy and six others, taking
the toll to 17 for the month of January. The total number of cases diagnosed in
2014 since last January stood at 94.
A total of five cases were reported on Monday from the twin cities alone. One
case was also confirmed from the district of Kadapa while another from Ranga
Reddy district. On the spread of the disease, doctors said that the virus could
spread due to people coming in contact with other infected persons or touching
infected surfaces. Movement of people from one place to another can also
contribute to the spread.
The infected baby from Himayatnagar, Hyderabad, was admitted to a private
hospital with a very high fever and running nose on Monday morning. The doctor
suspected H1N1 and sent the baby's blood samples for testing. The result came
back positive by evening. Senior doctors at the hospital also questioned the
child's mother, on whom a doctor revealed, "She had taken the baby to the
market. No one else at her home has got a cough or cold. The mother too is
Doctors are confident that proper treatment and isolation will help in the
baby's recovery, as the flu has been diagnosed on the first day itself. Another
two-and-a-half-year old girl baby from Kumberwadi is undergoing treatment in
another private hospital in the city. Similarly, a 47-year-old man from Kadapa
has also been admitted to a private hospital, complaining of symptoms similar
to swine flu.
The district surveillance officers are planning to offer counseling for the
relatives of the patients on tackling the disease and ask them to take the
necessary precautions. Institute of Preventive Medicine has notified that the laboratory will be kept
open on Sunday, urging all the private hospitals to send blood samples.