Two cases of swine flu have been reported in Mahbubnagar district. Father-son duo of Toodukurthi village of Nagarkurnool mandal of the district have tested H1N1 positive. Thirty-five-year- old kirana merchant Anand and his 65-year-old father Ramachandraiah have tested positive. The son, who was the first to be tested positive is being treated in Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad, whereas his father is being treated at Gandhi Hospital.
Anand was treated in a local private hospital for two days for high fever and when his situation did not improve he was referred to Yashoda Hospital where he was tested positive for swine flu. After Anand was tested positive medical officials tested all his family members and during the test his father was also tested positive and was shifted to Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.
As soon as the news of swine flu reached the district medical officials, a team was rushed to the village to take stock of the situation. The officials had set up a medical camp in the village and are testing every villager for swine flu.
Since January this year, about 38 cases of swine flu have been reported in the state. The figures could be more as several patients suspected to be H1N1 positive are undergoing treatment at various government and private hospitals.
According to state co-ordinator for swine flu Dr K Subhakar as H1N1 virus is not so active in the country there is less chance of it turning into a serious problem. Moreover, the situation in the state is not as severe as 2009-10 and swine flu is now being treated as normal flu. Hence, there is no need to panic as it can be treated easily, he said.
During 2010, Hyderabad alone had reported 260 swine flu cases and in 2012 too more than 100 cases of swine flu were reported.