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Five new cases of A (H1N1) reported

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The total number of confirmed A (H1N1) influenza cases in the country has gone up to 68, with five more people testing positive in the last 24 hours. Of the new cases, three are from Delhi, and one each from Bangalore and Hyderabad.

A 66-year-old woman, who was critical for the past two days, showed signs of improvement, but continues to be on ventilator.

In Delhi, one is an indigenous case: a 15-year-old boy, who got the infection from a family contact, who was detected as positive. The other two cases are: a 58-year-old woman, who travelled from the U.S. on an Emirates flight and reached Delhi on June 19, and a 23-year-old woman, who arrived from Canada on June 17 by a Jet Airways flight. She reported to an identified health facility with complaints of fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, and abdominal pain.

The case from Bangalore is 25-year-old man, who came from the U.S. by an Air India flight on June 22. He was detected at the airport screening and shifted to hospital.

In Hyderabad, it is a 30-year-old woman who came from the U.S. transiting Kuwait by a flight on June 15. She reported to the identified health facility with symptoms of fever, cold and sore throat.

41 persons discharged

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 504 people have undergone tests so far and of the 68 positive cases, seven are indigenous cases, who got infected from positive cases who travelled from abroad. While 148 people were identified through entry screening, 21 were located through contact tracing. The rest reported themselves.

Of the 68 cases, 41 have been discharged and the rest admitted to health facilities. The situation was being monitored, a spokesperson said.

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