A(H1N1): Google presses panic button : 95 people probable cases
A(H1N1): Google presses panic button
Company declares two-day holiday in one of its satellite offices
Asks 250 contract employees to undergo
check-up in Chest Hospital
Around 95 contract staffers from Google visit the hospital on Tuesday
HYDERABAD: A two-day holiday was declared in one of the satellite offices of Google India in Hyderabad, after a contract employee tested positive for swine flu on Tuesday. Alarmed over the possibility of the virus spreading, Google has asked all of its 250 contract employees to undergo check-up in Government General and Chest Hospital, the nodal centre for swine flu treatment in the capital.
Google India has two offices in Hyderabad, one manned by its staffers, and the satellite office referred to as vendors’ facility, where over 250 persons work. The main office, however, has functioned normally on Tuesday.
According to Chest Hospital doctors, around 95 contract staffers from Google visited the hospital on Tuesday with apprehensions of being infected by A(H1N1) influenza virus. “It created quite a commotion at the hospital and we counselled and sent back most of them,” State coordinator for A(H1N1) influenza virus, K. Subhakar said. Only four of them were kept at the hospital for observation as they were ‘symptomatic’.
“One of our contractual workers in Hyderabad has been diagnosed with the virus. He has been hospitalised and is under full medical care. As a precautionary measure, we have closed the concerned office for two days, July 14 and 15, and are taking all necessary steps, including sanitising common areas, to protect our employees,” a Google spokesperson said.
Dr. Subhakar pleaded that there was no need to panic for software companies to declare holiday and send all the staff to the hospital. “Only when there are symptoms they need be sent,” he added.
Three more cases referred to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) tested positive. These include a 35-year-old woman who had come to the city from Florida, a 29-year-old man from Sydney and a 28-year-old businessman who came from Thailand.
The administration has also started isolation wings at other health centres in the city, including at Vanasthalipuram and Kondapur.
Five suspected cases were sent to the facility at Kondapur on Tuesday and if any of them test positive, they will be shifted to the Chest hospital, doctors said. Results of 21 samples including some of those from contacts were still awaited from the NICD. Source : Hindu
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