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Five more swine flu cases in Hyderabad

Five swine flu suspects from the city tested positive for the H1N1 influenza on Wednesday increasing the flu cases in the state to 48. While three were international travellers, two local residents got the infection through person-to-person transmission.

Two of the infected cases, a 27-year-old woman and her five-year-old son had come to the city from Philadephia by Emirates flight EK-524 on July 17 and were admitted on July 20.

Another suspect who tested positive for the flu is the seven-year-old brother of the girl who had tested positive on July 19. Both the children had come to the city from London on July 15.

Since the children were in touch with their relatives before getting admitted, they infected two of their cousins, a seven-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, forming a cluster.

Meanwhile, officials said the testing centre for the flu at Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) will soon be ready. “The proficiency test of IPM has started. Samples of patients from Hyderabad are being sent both to NICD, Delhi and IPM, Hyderabad to test the proficiency level,” H1N1 Influenza Nodal Centre coordinator K Subhakar said. If the results match, IPM would be proficient to run the swine flu tests, so far being conducted only at NICD.

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