On Saturday L Narendranath who is a director of state-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) said that the high alert is still on. It will continue till the positive cases come down significantly.
The alert status means health officials at different levels of the administration will take requisite measures to identify and treat swine flu patients on priority basis. Narendranath said that, Since mid-December, 20 people have succumbed to the viral disease in Telangana, where the total number of positive cases has risen to 299, of which 50 were reported yesterday. He also said that the patients are undergoing treatment at different government and private hospitals. As many as 893 samples were sent for examination to the city-based Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) since January 1. A total of 139 samples were sent yesterday, of this 50 tested positive for the disease, caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.