One case of swine flu was detected at Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem hamlet near Tallarevu on Thursday, taking the number of swine flu cases to four. Pesangi Veeramma, 55, who was admitted to the Government General Hospital, diagnosed as having swine flu and being given intensive care treatment. Veeramma is a close relative of Pesnagi Durga Rao, who died of swine flu and happened to be the first swine flu case in the district.

In all, 19 persons suffering from fever were admitted to the special ward of the GGH. They were from Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem, Pedda Boddu Venkatayapalem and surrounding fishermen hamlets. Following the death of Durga Rao, the district administration declared high alert and opened special wards in the GGH and at the government hospital in Rajahmundry.

Legislative Council member and chairman of the Chaitanya Group K.V.V. Satyanarayana Raju came forward to offer swine flu treatment free of cost to the needy in his Konaseema Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) at Amalapuram, as the two government hospitals were distant to the people of Konaseema. “Officials of the medical department can refer the cases to the KIMS, as we are ready to provide required treatment,” Mr. Raju said.

District Collector Neetu Prasad advised people not to panic about the virus, as treatment was available. Stressing the need for creating awareness among the public about maintaining hygiene, she said that five lakh pamphlets were already being distributed in the rural pockets, explaining in detail the precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Meanwhile, TDP leader Chikkala Ramachandra Rao visited some hamlets and enquired about the medical care.