Preparedness to tackle A(H1NI) flu reviewed

Staff Reporter

Measures intensified in view of pilgrim season

Action plan to be discussed today

One more tests positive for flu

KOZHIKODE: Public health officials have intensified preparedness to combat A(H1N1) virus during the forthcoming Sabarimala season. A draft of the action plan will be discussed on Monday, and implemented from November 13.

Officials have identified the routes normally taken by pilgrims from other States and mapped temples, bathing spots and eateries where the pilgrims would halt. Posters in four languages — English, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu — will be put up at these places. The pilgrims are expected to take the Ghat Road to enter the district from Wayanad and proceed along the Main Bypass Road towards Malappuram.

The posters will list the symptoms and mention hospitals where medicines and treatment would be available.

One more flu case

One more person from Beypore who had gone on a pilgrimage to Mookambika has tested positive for A(H1N1) virus, taking the total number of cases in the district to 61.

The results of the throat swabs of nine persons suspected to have contracted the virus are awaited.

Two confirmed cases were reported from two city schools in the last one week. Doctors have examined the other students at the schools. Parents have been advised not to send their wards with fever symptoms to attend classes. The condition of pregnant women is being monitored for signs of fever or sore throat, as five of the 16 persons in the State who succumbed to A (H1N1) infection were pregnant women.

The treatment protocol devised by the district health authorities involves classifying suspected persons into three categories – A, B and C. Persons in the C category with pneumonia or acute respiratory distress are sent to ventilator facilities; persons in the B category are those who have come in close contact with patients confirmed to be suffering from flu and after monitoring of their case histories are given tablets. The A category involves persons who complain of fever and sore throat.

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