Staff Reporter

A man goes to hospital complaining of throat infection

BANGALORE: Though no fresh suspected cases of swine flu were reported on Sunday, many people who arrived here from abroad have voluntarily been approaching hospitals for tests to rule out infection, if any.

While two persons were discharged from the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases on Saturday, another turned up at the hospital on Sunday complaining of throat infection.

Institute Director Shashidhar Buggi told The Hindu the person had flown in from the U.S. on May 2 and came to the institute after displaying some of the symptoms.

An examination concluded there was no scope to suspect flu infection and he was sent home, Dr. Buggi said. He, however, appreciated the people’s concern about the spread of the disease.

“People who came with complaints of the infection were conscious that they should not be the bearers of the disease in India,” he said and added that extensive media coverage has created awareness among the people.

It is common for those flying home from abroad to get infections of different kinds, Dr. Buggi added.

Meanwhile, no person with suspected infection entered either Bangalore or Mangalore on Sunday, according to Usha Wasunkar, Director of the Department of Health Services and Family Welfare.

She said that 25,123 persons have been screened for the suspected disease at the airport in Bangalore and 3,113 in Mangalore.