Friday, July 16, 2010

Delay in treatment hampers A(H1N1) control

Thiruvananthapuram: Delay in the treatment of flu-like illnesses and a strange reluctance on the part of doctors to prescribe the anti-viral drug, Oseltamivir, to all suspected flu cases is affecting measures to control A(H1N1) infection in the State.

Senior Health officials said that though the department had issued many communications to doctors that Oseltamivir should be prescribed for suspected flu cases without waiting for lab tests to confirm diagnosis, many doctors in the periphery and the private sector were not following these guidelines.

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