New Delhi/Pune/Geneva: Hundreds of anxious people, many with young children, crowded a hospital on Wednesday to be tested for A/H1N1 infection in Pune that reported the country’s first fatality two days ago.
Panic spread in the city after a 14-year-old girl died late on Monday. Large crowds gathered on Wednesday outside Naidu Hospital, the city’s best-known hospital with a quarantine ward and facilities to test for the virus.
Two more cases of A/H1N1 infection were confirmed taking the total number of patients in the city to 109.
Pandemic scare: People queue up to be tested for the A/H1N1 influenza virus outside a hospital in Pune on Wednesday. AP
Separately, three persons in Tamil Nadu, who arrived from Singapore and Dubai, were on Wednesday quarantined after they showed symptoms of A/H1N1 influenza.
India has confirmed 574 swine flu cases, according to the health ministry. Of those, 470 have been discharged from government hospitals after recovering.
Globally, the death toll in the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic has crossed the 1,000 mark, with 1,154 deaths since the outbreak was uncovered in April, according to data published on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The pandemic has now reached 168 countries and territories, WHO said in its latest update on its website.
As of 31 July, Azerbaijan, Gabon, Grenada, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Monaco, Nauru, Swaziland and Suriname were added to the ranks of countries reporting laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1.
(‘PTI’ contributed to this story.)