Pune Schools Screened for Swine Flu

Pune Schools Screened for Swine Flu

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The infection among students again resurfaced when schools opened in July

Pune:  As around 53 students from different schools have tested positive for Swine Flu since April, city health officials are checking up the schools where these children study.

In 2009, scores of students suffered the infection triggering closure of many institutions. The health officials does not want to take chances now.

“We are keeping track of every student found infected with swine flu. The schools where they study are asked to initiate all precautionary measures to prevent the spread. The three-year-old child who was found positive on Thursday is also a student of a school in Camp. He is being treated at the Naidu Hospital,” said S T Pardeshi, PMC medical officer of health.

As per the PMC health department’s record, five H1N1 infected students were reported in April. After that there was a brief lull till July. The infection among students again resurfaced when schools opened in July. There were 11 infected students in August, 19 in September and 14 in October. Last month, three students were found to be infected.

Total 500 people have tested positive and 34 have lost their lives due to H1N1 since April this year.

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