Nine new patients tested positive for swine flu in Karaikal and Puducherry on Monday making it a total of 15 cases in the Union Territory. Eight of them hail from Karaikal and one in Puducherry.

Speaking to The Hindu, Deputy Director of Public Health V.V. Rao said one patient – from Lawspet – had been admitted to JIPMER for treatment, while the others were undertaking oral treatment.

So far, none of the cases reported in the UT had been critical.

Mahe and Yanam have not reported any positive cases, Dr. Rao said.

The Health Department conducted a meeting with the Collector and other officials to review the swine flu situation and discuss further steps to be taken, he said.

In addition to spreading awareness among the people, the department is now conducting a screening for all outpatients in both Karaikal and Puducherry, he said.

All people in close contact with patients who have tested positive are being given medical treatment to prevent the spread of the disease.

People living in close proximity to patients who have tested positive are also being screened, he said.

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