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Docs back to school, learn how to detect flu

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:24:33 AM, Nalini Ravichandran

Maha Govt. orders closure of Pune schools, colleges, theatre: Grappling with rising swine flu cases, Maharashtra Government on Monday ordered closure of schools and colleges for a week in worst-affected Pune, where three persons have died, while theatres and multiplexes will remain shut for three days. ....Read Full

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Chennai: How does one differentiate between a swine flu and a common flu case through symptoms? This was one of the questions that were raised by doctors at a workshop in the city on Tuesday.


They were told that fever precedes the cold in the case of swine flu; while the fever normally follows the cold if it is common flu.


The training conducted by the Chennai Corporation for doctors from private hospitals and clinics saw an overwhelming response with over 500 medical practitioners, including those working in government hospitals, eagerly participating in the discussions and getting their doubts clarified on treating swine flu patients.


In response to a query on the kind of mask that should be suggested to patients and how effective was each kind of mask, Corporation Health Officer Dr P Guhanantham replied that even a thick paper mask would do.


Several doctors wondered at what stage of the treatment a patient should be referred to a government hospital.


“Will we get a free supply of Tamiflu?” asked one while another wanted to know the dosage.


When a few doctors expressed apprehensions over centralised airconditioning increasing the chances of the virus spreading, Dr Guhanantham agreed and said that it was not advisable for IT companies, hospitals and other organisations to have centralised AC. “If you do have AC, please make sure the air filters are cleaned because a single filter can harbour at least 1,000 viruses at a time,” he added.


There were also concerns about the safety of doctors and the paramedical staff handling the swine flu patients with queries on the precautionary measures that should be taken while dealing with suspected cases.

Then there were questions on who should be given prophylaxis.

(Courtesy: ExpressBuzz)




















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