Surinder Sud / New Delhi August 24, 2009, 1:36 IST

Fresh guidelines for managing patients of H1N1 swine flu virus, issued yesterday by the United Nations health body, lay stress on the selective use of anti-viral drugs oseltamivir (tamiflu) and zanamivir to prevent serious illness and deaths and reduce need for hospitalisation.

As the August 7 clinical trials of an H1N1 vaccine in the US have found it to be safe, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has announced two trials involving children.

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Aug. 22: Nine more cases of swine flu were reported in the state on Saturday, taking the count of H1N1 positive cases to 100.
According to the district medical and health officer, Dr Ch Jayakumari, nine of 36 cases which were referred to the Institute of Preventive Medicine tested positive.

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The government is somewhat worried about the spread swine flu in the country as the number of infected people rose to 87 as of Wednesday.

"We are slightly worried with the jump in the identified swine flu cases as 13 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday," Health Minister Prof. AFM Ruhal Huque told reporters on Thursday after an inter-ministerial meeting at the Health Ministry.

LUCKNOW: Swine flu in Uttar Pradesh has a strong Pune connection. More than 11 of total 17 cases who tested positive to H1N1 influenza on Thursday in the state, had a Pune link. Official sources informed that on an average, 100 persons are being screened for the swab test daily in UP. In fact, swab samples of more than 200 persons were investigated in the past 48 hours.

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HEALTH Minister M R K Panneerselvam on Thursday said that the number of persons afflicted with swine flu in Tamil Nadu had gone up to 154 so far but the State government was leaving no stone unturned to check the spread of the disease. Of the 154 persons, 72 had returned home after treatment and the rest were under observation.