COIMBATORE : The son of an swine flu patient is being suspected of having contracted the same disease.
Last week, a 40-year-old woman, of Kottaimedu near Town Hall, was admitted to a private hospital in Coimbatore. The woman had visited her relative’s house in Kerala earlier. After conducting tests, doctors suspected her of being affected by H1N1. On Saturday, it was confirmed that she had contracted the disease. Now, her son has also been admitted to the same hospital on suspicion of H1N1.
The Deputy Director of TN Health Department, Somasundaram, declined to confirm the disease and said that test samples were sent to Kings Institute, Chennai for confirmation. However, when Express visited the private hospital, the ward staff confirmed that the minor boy had tested positive for H1N1 and both the mother and the son were being treated in separate wards.
“Swine Flu has become a seasonal flu and there is no need to panic,” the deputy director said. The relatives of the patient approached the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for tablets as a precautionary measure.