Orissa alerts districts against swine flu

With swine flu killing seven persons in Orissa within a span of 11 days this month and the virus spreading beyond Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the state govt today instructed all district collectors to restrict gatherings.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 17:52 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With swine flu killing seven
persons in Orissa within a span of 11 days this month and the
H1N1 virus spreading beyond Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the state
government today instructed all district collectors to
restrict gatherings.

"We have asked district collectors to keep a watch on the
swine flu situation and restrict gatherings," Health and
Family Welfare minister Prasanna Acharya told reporters here.

While six of the deaths occurred in Bhubaneswar and
Cuttack, one took place in Baragarh district.

"The health department has decided to keep hospitals
ready at the district level to deal with swine flu patients,"
the minister said.

He said there was stock of about three lakh tamiflu
tablets and adequate vaccine for service providers at health
centres and private hospitals.

The treatment for the viral infection was being carried
out according to the Central government`s guidelines, he said.

Of the 52 swab sample tests conducted so far, 20 tested
positive for swine flu of whom seven persons died.

Seven others were discharged from hospital, while six
were admitted to various hospitals.

PTI