In what could be the city's first case of H1N1 (swine flu) this year, a child from Malad has tested positive for the viral infection and is undergoing treatment in a suburban hospital.
The school where the boy studies has decided to remain shut on Friday as a precautionary measure. The school in any case remains closed on Saturday and Sun day, meaning it would reopen on Monday .
“The child had been unwell for 10-15 days, but was diagnosed with swine flu only on Wednesday . So municipal authorities asked us to inform the parents of other children and spread awareness so that they can act if their wards show symptoms. We will disinfect the school as a precautionary step,“ the principal told TOI. The head of the BMC's epi demiology cell Dr Mini Khetrapal said the H1N1afflicted Malad boy has been responding well to treatment. “We have combed the neighbourhood and supplied oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiflu) as a preventive measure.Our health workers did not find any other case. The boy's parents and close contacts have been started on a prophylactic course,“ she said, calling the case sporadic and the first to be reported to the BMC this year.
The boy's school circulated a message in social media, which read, “Dear parents, please note that school will remain closed tomorrow, 10th February (Friday), as a precautionary measure... (against) swine flu. Regular school will begin from Monday .“
Last year there were fewer than ten confirmed H1N1 cases in Mumbai and no casualties, though Pune was badly hit.