The total count has increased to 6 with 3 more persons on September 12 tested positive for swine flu in Vadodara, since August 27.
Three others are suspected to be infected by the H1N1 virus. Their blood samples have been sent for testing. The cases have started trickling again as the minimum temperature of the city dipped below 25 degree Celsius.
Three others blood samples tested positive for H1N1 virus. On Saturday morning along with a 41-year-old man from Tandalja, a 40-year-old woman from Manjalpur and another woman (43) from Warasiya tested positive. H1N1 virus had been declared a local seasonal infection and will affect people like any other flu, throughout the year.
According to district health officer M T Chari "The virus becomes inactive only when the minimum temperature of the city rises to a daily average of about 28 degree Celsius. This is why there were no cases when the summer was in full blow. The dip in the night temperatures in August led to the increase in cases,".
On August 27, a four-month-pregnant women (36) died due to swine flu after being admitted to SSG Hospital. Her father, brother and husband were also tested positive for symptomatic swine flu and were treated. Another 17-year-old patient from Akshar Chowk was tested positive for the viral infection earlier this month, report sources.
"Swine flu cases will trickle in throughout the year, except the extreme summers. Every patient of flu has to be extra cautious. High-grade fever, sore throat and breathlessness should be reported," Chari added.
Since the pandemic of 2009-2010 the increase in cases between January and April this year was the highest. The city had registered 615 cases of swine flu of whom 78 had died in the city.