HYDERABAD: With cases of suspected influenza A (H1N1) flu virus increasing, health authorities on Friday identified a new quarantine and isolation facility in Kondapur on the outskirts of the twin cities.

On Friday, four more patients with suspected flu like symptoms got admitted to Government General and Chest Hospital, Errrgadda, taking the total of admitted patients to 10 in the hospital.

Officials have zeroed-in on the A.P. Vaidya Vidhan Parishad Hospital at Kondapur to isolate passengers reaching Hyderabad from various destinations. Meanwhile, the two H1N1 strain positive patients admitted to the hospital are stable, doctors said.

On Friday, the Chest hospital received four patients with suspected symptoms. A 34-year-old passenger, who has travelled extensively in Brazil and United States before reaching Hyderabad and a 23-year-old student pursuing Masters in Computers in New Mexico volunteered to get admitted to the hospital.

A co-passenger of the 20-year-old medical student, who tested positive for the H1N1 strain, was also admitted to the hospital. A 30-year-old woman, who came to Hyderabad from New York on May 24 and was on medication at a private hospital, also volunteered to get admitted. The blood samples of the three passengers have been sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi. Doctors informed that the samples of the woman passenger will be sent for testing on Saturday. Meanwhile, the district health authorities on Friday requested the co-passengers of H1N1 strain positive patients, who travelled in the British Airways (BA 277) flight on May 30 and 31, to volunteer and get admitted to the Chest hospital if they have any flu like symptoms.

The co-passengers can contact: 98461-57447/ 98499-02452/ 040-2465-6852.