3 Doctors down with Swine flu at New Delhi…

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At least three senior doctors and an intern working at Lok Nayak Hospital have been diagnosed positive for swine flu. All of them are in stable condition and have been put on Tamiflu—specific medication for the virus.

“There is nothing to be scared about. Swine flu is like any other viral infection and WHO guidelines state that patients do not need to be isolated. Our hospital doctors are in fact recovering at home and did not even require admission,” he said.

Delhi has recorded 318 confirmed cases of swine flu this year, including 33 new cases reported on Wednesday. Dr S K Sharma, the director of health services, Delhi government, said there have been a total of five deaths in the city due to swine flu.

“Two patients confirmed positive for swine flu died at Safdarjung and Ram Manohar Lohia recently. But they suffered from co-morbid conditions such as diabetes and obesity,” he said.

Swine flu or H1N1 virus influenza was at its most virulent form when it initially spread in 2009. Till May 2010, 1,035 people had died of the disease in India and more than 10,000 were infected.

Public health experts say swine flu, like other viruses, proliferates the most during winter and people should be cautious about any symptoms—which are prolonged cough, fever and chest infection, among others.

“Incidence of swine flu is likely to reduce soon with temperatures rising,” the director of health services added.

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