Chennai: The 72 cases of swine flu have feared the Jawahar Novodaya Vidayalaya residential school in Kerala. Out of 72 kids, five students were found with H1N1 positive and 67 students are suspected to have H1N1 Influenza symptoms.
After they have suspected the existence of virus at the school among the students, the district health authorities had started following precautionary measures and sent samples of five students to National Institute of Virology in Mangaluru and confirmed that the students are affected with H1N1 positive.
A report in Indian Express said, students fell sick on Thursday and by Friday it was confirmed that some students are infected with H1N1 positive.
They have screened 67 students and have taken various measures to prevent the virus. Currently, they are giving normal medicines for cold and fever to those suspected students and they are under observation.
Although some parents panicked on hearing the news as they were not allowed to visit their children, the health authorities were able to pacify them and convince them about the need for treatment in an isolated place. A team of doctors from the district has been managing the situation.
According to the Times of India, all infected five students are taken to home by their parents. And it reported that most of them are girls.
A report in News minute said that similar incident occurred at College of Agriculture Kasargode last year where ten to 20 students were affected with influenza. The report in Hindu said the student’s first started getting a fever with cough, sore throat, and running nose.
H1N1 is an airborne disease and can spread from coughs and sneezes, said the District Medical Officer as quoted in Indian Express. Handshakes, hugs, kissing, sharing drinks or sharing blankets can also spread the virus, he added.
According to the latest news update, there are no fresh cases and situation are under control. Though some reports suggested that two more students have tested positive for flu, District Medical officer AP Dinesh Kumar told they are suspected cases and not confirmed.
Compiled by Sonam Choki
Sources: Indian Express, News Minute, Hindu and Times of India