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The patient, a 63-year-old woman, was admitted to a private hospital last week with breathlessness, cough and high fever. She was discharged on Friday and is under quarantine at her Sector 51 home.
The health department has increased surveillance and all hospitals have been put on alert. Rapid response teams carried out contact tracing in about 50 houses in the area where the patient lives and gave Tamiflu to three of her close contacts. Health officials have been asked to report cases of influenza-like illness (ILI)/severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) unit.
Swine flu is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a subtype of influenza A virus, called H1N1. Ram Prakash, district immunisation officer, said the patient is the first case of the type C of the H1N1 virus this season. Type A and type B have symptoms such as common cold and do not generally require hospitalisation, but type C can cause a dip in blood pressure, pneumonia and difficulty in breathing and requires immediate hospitalisation.
“The woman’s sample was sent to National Centre for