Patients quarantined at hospitals

Three more people in the State, including a woman, have contracted AH1N1 influenza (swine flu). With this, the number of people who have contracted the virus now stands at 55.

Two of the three infections were reported from the city on Friday. The two persons, a 45-year-old man from Thiruvanmiyur and a 23-year-old woman from Thoraipakkam who were diagnosed with the virus, are being treated in a private hospital. Both have been quarantined at the hospital, Director of Public Health R.T. Porkai Pandian said. The third person is a 59-year-old man from Tirupur. He is being treated and quarantined at home.

Case in Madurai

A person who had been identified as having contracted the flu on Thursday, was admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai and “is doing well,” Dr. Porkai Pandian said. He added that there were adequate stocks of Tamiflu in the State and efforts were currently on to call for tenders for the drug Oseltamivir, by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.

Since January, two deaths due to the AH1N1 virus have been reported in the State. The first death was that of a 72-year-old farmer from Tirupur and the second death was that of a 22-year-old woman, Niveditha, who died on Monday in a private hospital in the city.

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