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60 cases of swine flu detected in Mumbai, BMC gears up

With over 60 reported positive cases of swine flu, including nine pregnant women, since June 1 this year, the Brinhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is gearing up to prevent further spread of the dreaded virus.



Mumbai: With over 60 reported positive
cases of swine flu, including nine pregnant women, since June
1 this year, the Brinhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is
gearing up to prevent further spread of the dreaded virus.

"Of the 149 tests, almost 60 positive cases of swine flu
have been reported in the city since June 1. We have issued an
advisory to all the out-patient departments of our hospitals
and dispensaries to take the swabs of those showing even mild
swine flu symptoms," Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha
Mhaiskar said.

Out of the 60 positive cases, 47 are adults and 13 are
children. The tests results of 18 male adults and 29 female
were found positive. Out of these 29 females, nine were
pregnant.

"Due to early monsoon, number of swine flu cases have
increased and there is definite rise in number of positive
cases as well. The virus is in the air and the likelihood of
people falling prey to the virus this time is greater,"
Mhaiskar said.

Mhaiskar also warned that pregnant women and children
should not neglect symptoms like running nose and take
immediate medical advice.

Apart from putting the health department on alert, the
civic body will start screening patients at centres like
Rajwadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon,
M T Agarwal Hospital in Mulund, Bhabha Hospital in Bandra and
few others.

"The state government has already said that the swine flu
virus is in the air," executive health officer G T Ambe said,
adding, "We intend to start workshops for our staff so that
they can identify the cases at the earliest and provide timely
treatment."

PTI

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