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January 6, 2011

10 more cases of swine flu confirmed

Lahore

January 6, 2011

Karachi
An epidemic of swine flu (H1N1 Type-A) Influenza gripped Karachi as 10 more people, including 6 females and 4 males, were confirmed to have been infected with the deadly virus in Karachi on Wednesday
Officials of the Sindh Swine Flu Surveillance Cell, Dr. Suresh Kumar and Dr. Shakeel Mullick told The News that all these cases were confirmed in Karachi alone.
The patients were admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) with symptoms of influenza, but were confirmed as swine flu patients after swab samples were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad for tests.
However, these officials believe that the current outbreak cannot be defined as a pandemic.
They added that so far, 23 people have been infected since 2010.
“12 cases of swine flu were confirmed in December last year, while 11 new cases have emerged at the beginning of 2011,” said Dr Suresh Kumar, who is in charge of the Swine Flu Surveillance Cell
He said isolation wards for swine flu patients have been set up at all teaching hospitals of the province, while all precautionary measures were taken to prevent the outbreak of a pandemic.

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