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Jharkhand: 3 Tested Positive For Swine Flu in Ranchi Hospital, Had Symptoms Like COVID-19
Two more patients are suspected with the respiratory disease and their test reports are expected to come on Monday, the hospital authority said.
Ranchi: In a matter of concern, three persons have tested positive for H1N1 flu, commonly known as swine flu, in a hospital in Jharkhand capital Ranchi, reported news agency PTI quoting an official on Sunday. The patients are undergoing treatment at Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital in Ranchi. Two more patients are suspected with the respiratory disease and their test reports are expected to come on Monday, the hospital authority told PTI.
Till now, a 37-year-old woman from Ranchi, a 56-year-old woman from Dhanbad and a 70-year-old man from Purulia in West Bengal are undergoing treatment for H1N1 flu at the hospital, the authority said.
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‘Disease spreading in local community’
“The patients underwent Covid test but they turned out to be Covid negative. We had a doubt as they were having viral infection. Then, we decided for H1N1 examination and they tested positive,” Dr Vijay Mishra, medical director of the hospital, told PTI. These patients do not have any long travel history. It seems the disease is spreading in local community, he said.
‘Swine flu symptoms similar to COVID-19’
Mishra said that samples of two more patients are being examined, and their reports are expected on Monday. “Major concern is patients are coming with Covid symptoms. They are being examined. When their results come negative, they are sent back to home. The symptoms of Swine flu are similar to COVID-19. So, my advice is if a patient comes with Covid symptoms and turns negative with the disease, he/she should go for H1N1 test. Otherwise, it may spread in community,” he said.