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Four more test positive for H1N1 in Mumbai

As the mercury rises, the number of H1N1 cases is also mounting in the city. On Thursday, three more people from Mumbai and one from Bhiwandi tested positive for H1N1, taking the total number of swine flu cases from Mumbaio since March to 11.

The three patients from Mumbai are under observation at various private hospitals, civic officials said. One is a 26-year-old woman, the second a 45-year-old man, and the last a 19-year-old from Bandra, whose relatives had recently tested positive for H1N1.

The Bhiwandi local (45) has been admitted to Kasturba hospital, city’s only infectious diseases hospital, as he has complaints of respiratory discomfort.

The city got seven positive cases last month, of which only one needed admission in Kasturba. A six-year-old boy, his grandmother (57) and father (37), from Mulund, were the first few to test positive for H1N1 influenza virus in the city.

Two friends, a 57-year-old male from Bandra and a 53-year-old male from Elphinston Road with a travel history to Alibaug tested positive for H1N1 last week. Earlier, a 23-year-old man who did not have any travel history to Pune tested positive for H1N1.

Reacting to the sudden rise in the cases, Dr Anil Bandivdekar, executive health officer at BMC, said, “These are only sporadic cases, and there is no need to panic.¬†People should not neglect any fever, and report to doctors immediately.”

The civic body has started community surveillance in areas where swine flu cases are detected, to curb the spread.

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