MULTAN

At least two patients have been confirmed with Swine Flu (N1H1) infection while another two patients are admitted to Nishtar Hospital on suspicion of infection, hospital sources said.

The blood samples of Farrah, a resident of Taunsa, and her physician Dr Saeed tested positive on which they were admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. Farah is put on life support as her condition has deteriorated seriously. Similarly, the blood samples of Rubina, a 14-year old tuberculosis patient from Multan, and Humaira, a resident of Daulat Gate Multan, were also sent to National Institute of Health (NIH) on suspicion of Swine Flu. The blood samples of husband, father-in-law and a niece of Farah, who is in precarious condition in Nishtar Hospital, have already been sent to the NIH.

An Additional Director General of Health Department Jaffar Ijaz told journalists that the likely cause of Swine Flu outbreak could be the birds coming from Siberia. He said that the medicines had been supplied to Nishtar hospital for Swine Flu treatment and the doctors were issued strict direction to adopt all preventive measures before attending to these patients.

Meanwhile, the Livestock Department constituted three teams to carry out checking of all poultry farms to mitigate the threat of swine flu spread. The District Officer Livestock Mansoor Ahmad told journalists that the teams had started collecting samples from the poultry farms. He added that the Swine Flu virus could find shelter in poultry and therefore samples were being taken. He said that the owners of commercial and domestic poultry farms had been asked to adopt preventive measures and spray their farms regularly.