Swine flu: 12 cases detected in Pune

Pune: Detection of about 12 Swine flu cases in the last fortnight here has put health authorities on alert, with two patients reported to be critical.

Some of the cases have been detected in a "pro-active" research survey, undertaken by the city-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) in a locality here while other non-specified areas, too, have reported H1N1 infections.

"While the cases detected by NIV are being treated as outdoor patients without admission, other cases, which include two critical ones, call for a greater surveillance, as Pune had not reported any fatality on account of Swine flu in the last year," Dr Pradip Awate, State swine flu surveillance officer, said.

Two of the three critical patients, admitted to ICU in different hospitals, were put on ventilator, health officials said.

General practitioners, treating seasonal influenza cases, have been advised to screen patients for suspected H1N1 infections, they added.

Pune became the epicentre of swine flu cases since recording the first fatality of the dreaded infection in 2009, leading to vigorous surveillance measures that saw a substantial reduction in its transmission.