Two more test positive for swine flu in Meerut; cases reach 58

The number of cases of the disease has reached 58 here. With this, Meerut continues to have the highest number… MEERUT: With two more people from Meerut testing positive for swine flu on Monday, the number of cases of the disease has reached 58 here. With this, Meerut continues to have the highest number of confirmed swine flu cases in Uttar Pradesh.

The health department is repeatedly issuing advisories to city residents here about the dos and don’ts to protect themselves from contracting this highly contagious air- borne disease. Special instructions have been given to people whose family members have tested positive for swine flu — to quarantine the patient so as to prevent the H1N1 virus, which causes the disease, from spreading.

“As many as 58 people have tested positive for swine flu in Meerut . A survey has been conducted in the areas where these patients live so as to check that nobody in the locality has contracted the disease,” said Dr Raj Kumar, Meerut chief medical officer.

With the number of cases shooting up, the health department authorities have set up health camps across the district and are conducting awareness drives about the contagious disease. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the district has a stock of 30,000 Tamiflu tablets, which is prescribed for swine flu. Health authorities have said if needed, more medicines will be procured.

Advisories from time to time are being issued for Category A, B and C patients of swine flu and high-risk group patients.

According to the advisory of the health department, Category A includes patients with symptoms of mild fever, cough, body ache, head ache and loose motion. They need not get tested. They can be treated at home. Category B patients comprise those suffering from high fever and all other symptoms of Category A. These people, too, need not be tested for swine flu but can take Tamiflu after medical advice. Category C patients include those with symptoms of breathlessness, head ache, drowsiness, low blood pressure, blood in cough or blue nails. This category of patients should get tested for swine flu and take medical advice if they test positive.

Meanwhile, instructions have been given to the high risk group patients — pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those suffering with any respiratory disease over a prolonged period.

Active case finding is being done in the areas where swine flu cases have come to light. The standard protocol to tackle swine flu is that once a case of swine flu is reported, the health authorities conduct a case mapping and at least 50 houses situated in proximity of the patient’s house are surveyed and checked in case anyone else has contracted the virus.

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