She returned to city from Glasgow after attending a workshop

13-year-old boy who returned from Melbourne tests positive

Samples of 13 Google employees sent to NICD found negative

HYDERABAD: Even the health care providers can’t remain immune to A (H1N1) influenza flu virus. On Thursday, authorities confirmed that a doctor, from a corporate hospital in twin cities, tested positive for A (H1N1) strain of virus. In all, authorities said two more persons, including the doctor, tested positive for flu taking the overall tally to 37.

The female doctor returned to Hyderabad on an Emirates flight (EK 526) on July 11 from Glasgow after attending a workshop and volunteered to get admitted to the Government Chest Hospital, Erragadda on July 14. A 13-year-old boy, who returned from Melbourne after a sightseeing trip on July 13, also tested positive.

Allaying fears that the doctor could have passed on the A (H1N1) virus to other doctors, patients and hospital staff, authorities have already started contacting close associates of the doctor. The Chest Hospital doctors informed that the samples of 13 Google employees sent to NICD, New Delhi for testing have come negative.

The samples of close contacts of the 13-year-old boy, including his parents, uncle and two-year-old sister, have been sent to NICD for testing. The health authorities meanwhile have requested the software companies to postpone any ‘onsite’ visits of their employees, in view of the flu outbreak in United States and Europe.

“The Oseltamivir drug is working well on patients. Within five days, they are recovering and are becoming non-infectious. A few patients have allergic reactions to the drug like rashes and slight giddiness,” said State coordinator for A (H1N1) influenza flu virus Dr. K. Subhakar. Presently there are 15 flu positive patients admitted to the hospital .