Swine flu on rise

Swine flu continues unabated in the state. After infecting almost 100 people in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts and around half a dozen people in Vizag, an engineering student in Mahbubnagar is the latest to have tested positive for swine flu on Tuesday. However, the state epidemic cell and GHMC officials say that bio-labs aren’t required as the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) is adequately equipped to test samples of all viral diseases.

Despite the GHMC being one of the biggest municipal corporations in the country, it is surprisingly not equipped with any bio-labs or team of biologists and all samples continue to be sent to IPM, which is already burdened with samples from the districts.