Swine flu cases go up to 44

KATHMANDU: With the five new cases reported recently in Kathmandu and three more in Chitwan, the total cases of A/H1N1-2009 pandemic influenza in the country have climbed to 44 since its outbreak globally this year.

Ministry of Health and Population today said three A/H1N1-2009 cases have recently been detected in Chitwan from the fever-prone areas and another five new traced in Kathmandu.

Three of the five cases in Kathmandu were reported from four major hospitals in the capital. While two new cases were confirmed elsewhere, the ministry said, in a statement issued here today.

The cases were confirmed after the government conducted an examination of suspected patients, the statement said.

The government has said that the new patients were not found to have travelled anywhere but said they probably contracted the disease from other infected people.

Until September 24, Nepal recorded 36 such cases but no death has been reported as all of them have recovered, the ministry said in the statement.

“The Ministry appeals to all to undergo a health check-up immediately if they are suffering from common cold with

symptoms similar to those of A/H1N1,” the statement said. Ninety-nine per cent cases resemble with

common cold, with only one per cent showing serious symptoms.