Various parts of Lucknow have been hit by the deadly swine flu and with six fresh cases this week, making it a total of 135 cases. Lucknow accounts for over 40 percent of the 313 cases in the state.
“Twenty-six samples were submitted on Saturday to KGMU’s lab. The report came on Monday,” said Prof NS Verma, spokesperson of the university. “In the report, six people from Lucknow and 15 from other districts tested positive,” he said. Areas which are worse hit by the disease are mostly PGI to Indiranagar, Kakori to Sarojininagar and Aminabad to Aliganj. Doctors blame the spread of the scourge on the mobility of affected people and early onset of swine flu disease due to moisture.
“You find cases in rural areas, too, and that’s because people frequently travel to city areas from where cases were reported till last year,” said Sheetal Verma assistant professor in the department of microbiology of King George’s Medical University. She added: “But there was no reason for people to panic.”
Among other places, cases were also reported from Hazratganj, Kanpur Road, Rajni Khand (Sharda Nagar), Alambagh, Indira Nagar, Rae Bareli Road, Triveni Nagar, City Station, Balaganj, Bazaarkhala, Rajajipuram, Aishbagh, Mawaian, Vrindavan Yojna, Gudamba, Kalli Pashchim, Telibagh, Charbagh, Nirala Nagar, Mahanagar and Aliganj. And if the city areas were not enough cases were also reported from rural pockets of the district — Sarojininagar and Kakori.
The paranoia of swine flu has also struck the schools, the office of chief medical officer (CMO), Lucknow has forwarded a list of schools, whose students tested positive for swine flu in the past one week, to the district inspector of schools and asked him to run awareness campaigns there, reported Hindustan Times.