Kanpur on lookout for H1N1 virus

Kanpur on lookout for H1N1 virus

Kanpur: As part of efforts to prevent swine flu outbreak in the leather city, the health department here has decided to keep a watch on students and faculties of IIT in view of their frequent interaction with foreigners.

People working in the world famous leather industry in the city will also be monitored as foreign businessmen and official delegations, who can be a potential bearer of the deadly virus, keep coming regularly, health officials said.

The department is making efforts to prevent the virus from entering the city from outside, said Kanpur chief medical officer Ashok Nagaich.

The Chakeri airport is also screening incoming passengers with flu like symptoms, he said.

All hotels in the city have also been asked to inform the health authorities in case any of their guests fall sick, Nagaich said.

The medical officer said a city hospital has been equipped to deal with swine flu cases and a sample collection centre has been set up there.

An isolation ward has been created as a precautionary measure and a special team of four doctors has been constituted, Nagaich said.

All samples collected from swine flu suspects will be sent to the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Hospital in Lucknow.