LUCKNOW: Lucknow reported 41 fresh cases of swine flu on Sunday taking with it the number of persons who have been affected with the disease to 393 in the city alone. Of the cases reported by the state health department, office of the chief medical officer (CMO) Lucknow district however was able to verify 18 cases which the CMO office reported on the day and verification of others through phone and personal visits were underway.
On Saturday, the city had recorded a record 82 positive swine flu cases in 24 hours that has been the highest number o be reported for any city in the state since January.
Of the 18 cases verified by CMO office, 13 were children between one to 16 years of age. Five patients were residents of the campus of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) and three others were residents of localities on Rae Bareli road.
“Looking at the cases every day we have strengthened our mobile awareness campaign. On Sunday, vehicles with the audio-visual material on swine flu went around Aminabad, Qaisrbagh, Hazratganj, Telibagh, areas around SGPGIMS, Alabagh, Indira Nagar, Gomti Nagar and Chowk,” said Dr GS Bajpai, CMO, Lucknow district.
Adding on Dr HK Agarwal, joint director, communicable disease unit said, “There are three categories of influenza patients where symptoms differ from mild to severe and it only the category C patients who need hospitalisation. The two other category A and B patients need to be isolated at home and be cautious of not spreading to infection to others.”
The state as a whole reported 55 positive cases of swine flu on Sunday. With this Uttar Pradesh has seen 695 swine flu cases and 21 deaths due to the highly infectious disease, since January. Majority of these cases and deaths are from the capital city, Lucknow.