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84 Tested Positive for Swine Flu in Jammu and Kashmir

by Julia Samuel on February 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM
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84 Tested Positive for Swine Flu in Jammu and Kashmir

The positive cases of swine flu have increased to 84 in the state with thirteen more persons have tested positive of swine flu in Jammu and Kashmir. Health officials reported that there are no new deaths so far.

Parvaiz Kaul, Head of Department of Medicine, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), said, "Thirteen new patients have tested positive for H1N1 virus and have been admitted to the hospital."


The doctor said tests were being conducted to patients to confirm if they were positive or negative as they received patients with suspected cases of swine flu. "We are conducting tests on the suspected patients and those infected have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated," he said.

Dr. Kaul, is also in-charge of the Influenza Project in the State, told PTI that the new patients have been kept in an intensive care unit of the hospital. "We have kept the patients in isolation and are monitoring their condition regularly," he said.

Another recent issue that has come up is that, the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) has claimed the outbreak to be the H1N1 pandemic influenza 2009 and not swine flu.

The H1N1 pandemic influenza 2009 also known as Mexican flu was identified and labelled by World Health Organization. "It is the one that was discovered in Mexico in 2009. It is not the classical swine flu that is caused by pigs," Dr Kulkarni, Principal scientist and director of Bhopal-based NIHSAD said.

Ever since it was detected first in the Latin American country, it continues to circulate seasonally worldwide whenever it gets favourable conditions to spread.

Source: Medindia

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