It looks like the swine flu menace is back in town. A 25 year old from Parel tested positive for the H1N1 virus on Monday. “She was suffering from heavy cough, cold and fever. She has been put on Tamiflu and is stable now,” said Dr Mangala Gomare from the epidemiology cell, BMC. The cases have risen to 75 in Mumbai since January this year.

Five patients were detected positive for swine flu from a private lab on Sunday. A 62-year-old man from Bandra (West), 30-year-old man from Dahisar, 2-year-old baby boy from Andheri and a 47-year-old woman from Andheri were detected positive for H1N1 virus. A 16-year-old boy from Jogeshwari who was detected H1N1 positive has been admitted to a private hospital.

“The virus is more active during monsoon and more likely to afflict the immuno-compromised group of senior citizens, babies or pregnant women. Symptoms such as persistent fever and cold and cough should not be ignored,” said Dr Gomare.

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