Swine flu toll rises to 9 in Orissa

With swine flu claiming one more life in Orissa, the death toll due to the disease in the state rose to nine, even as nine students of National Law University were hospitalised in Cuttack with flu-like symptoms.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With swine flu claiming one
more life in Orissa, the death toll due to the disease in the
state rose to nine, even as nine students of National Law
University were hospitalised in Cuttack with flu-like
symptoms.

The swab test report of a patient from Boudh district,
who died at VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla
yesterday, confirmed swine flu, official sources said today.

While the state government appealed to people not to
panic, at least nine students of National Law University in
Cuttack were admitted in SCB medical college and hospital
yesterday having flu-like symptoms.

Suspecting that the students are afflicted with H1N1
virus, swab samples of six students were sent for examination
while all of them are now under anti-viral regime undergoing
treatment in an isolated ward of the hospital.

All the ailing students are boarders of the University
hostel where some others are reported to be suffering from
cold and cough for the last few days.

Meanwhile, all classes of the University were suspended
today and many students were seen leaving for their homes
vacating the hostel as swine flu threat has gripped the
hostel. The hostel accommodates nearly 260 students, many of
whom are from outside the state.

All the students who were suffering from cough and cold
were examined by the doctors, said District Collector Kishore
Kumar Mohanty.

SCB Medical College and Hospital received two more
patients having flu-like symptoms last evening, taking the
total patients in the swine flu ward of the hospital to 13.

Meanwhile, classes in a private engineering college at
Jharpokhria in Mayurbhanj district were suspended after many
students, mostly from outside Orissa, left for their native
places demanding closure of the institute due to swine flu
scare, college principal Rajnikant Chotray said.

PTI