Not to panic regarding H1N1 swine flu, TN health department

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014,21:36 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Coimbatore | A day after a 40-year old woman under treatment for swine flu died at a hospital here, health authorities today sought to allay fears of public, saying the H1N1 virus had not assumed pandemic proportions after 2009 and effective monitoring against it was on in hospitals.
Besides monitoring in hospitals, a 24 X 7 epidemic information cell in the office of Deputy Director of Health had been functioning, a health department release said here.
Stating that after the pandemic outbreak in 2009, H1N1 had became a seasonal flu, it said that during 2011-2013, cases of H1N1 were low. In case of associated conditions like diseases such as asthma, hearth disease, adequate care to be given and patients should be hospitalised.
Government hospital set-up, there are adequate facilities treating such cases and also adequate medicine are available, the release said in the backdrop of the death of the woman at a private hospital.
The woman and her 10-year old nephew were admitted to the hospital some 10 days ago following symptoms of swine flu after their return from Kerala and their swab tests proved positive for H1N1. The nephew was discharged earlier this week after he recovered.

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