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Swine flu cases in West Bengal rise to 44

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:25

Kolkata: Five people tested positive for the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in Kolkata on Monday, taking the total number of swine flu cases to 44 in West Bengal, a health official said.
"Five people have tested positive today (Monday), raising the tally to 44 in the state so far. They have been admitted to Beliaghata Infectious Disease (ID) Hospital," Tapas Sen, the state`s nodal officer for swine flu, said.

The state has not reported any death from the virus so far.

"Presently, a total of 23 swine flu patients -- 15 patients at Beliaghata ID Hospital and eight at MR Bangur Hospital -- are admitted in state-run healthcare units with H1N1 infection," he said.

With only two designated swine flu hospitals in the city almost packed to capacity, the state health department also plans to open isolation wards at one more hospital in the satellite township of Salt Lake.

"We`re planning to open more isolation wards in other hospitals also so that we can provide treatment to many other patients," Sen said.

A high-level meeting chaired by state chief secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty has also been scheduled August 18 to assess the swine flu situation in the state.

The state`s school education department has already issued advisories to the district school authorities about the essential measures required to be taken to combat the infection among children.


First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:25

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