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BENGALURU: A technology center in Bangalore on Thursday suffered a scare of H1N1 influenza after the important German software SAP pressed the panic button after two of its employees in the city contracted the virus. However, health department officials said there is no cause for alarm.

SAP closed its offices in Bangalore, Mumbai and Gurugram and asked all employees to work from home until further notice. Fumigation and disinfection of the offices was carried out.

The news was released after RMZ, which operates the business park in which SAP is located in Bangalore, issued a notice to all tenants about the measures they could take, specifically mentioning SAP’s actions. The other tenants of the park include Accenture, Honeywell, Danske IT, Shell Technologies, Morgan Stanley, Capgemini and ANZ.

The sources said that some of these companies told employees to work from home for the next three days, but considering that they are vacations for most employees (Mahashivaratri followed by the weekend), the order will have little impact.

Government says there is no need to panic about H1N1 flu

Jayaram S Govindaiah, head of corporate and real estate services for the group, Danske IT, said: “We ask our employees not to visit the food court, which is where the SAP tower is located. We brought disinfectants for employees and disinfected the handles and doors of the conference rooms and cafeteria. We had a stock of N95 masks and asked the employees to use them. We ask our Danish visitors to work from your hotel. ”

A senior official in the Karnataka health department said the response was an overreaction. “We believe that the fear of coronavirus is behind the scare of H1N1. It is good to take precautions, but there is no need to panic, “he said.

Data on H1N1 accessed by TOI show that between January 1 and February 20, the state saw 175 cases, significantly less than the 482 reported in the same period last year. There have been no deaths so far this year.

Seasonal H1N1 is a viral infection in the air that spreads through large drops generated by coughing / sneezing and indirect contact when touching contaminated objects or surfaces.

Dr. Prakash Kumar, joint director, department of communicable diseases, health and family welfare, said there is no increase in the number of H1N1 cases and that there is no cause for panic. “H1N1 is seen regularly and there is immunity from herd against it. There is no need for quarantine, but the affected person can rest at home until he recovers. More than 80% of cases of H1N1 are self-limited. Complications are observed in only 1%. We do not know the measures taken by technology companies, ”he said.

SAP said the two employees are based in their Bengaluru office and are trying to track how they got the infection. “The health of our employees and their families is a top priority. As a precaution, all SAP India offices in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai have been closed for extensive sanitation, ”the company said in a statement. The sources said that measures were taken in Gurugram and Mumbai because the affected employees may have traveled to those places.

In an internal note to employees, SAP suggested they go to medical consultations in case of cold, cough and fever symptoms.

In a statement, RMZ said: “While an isolated incident was reported, it has since been contained in a tenant space. Measures have been taken as a precautionary measure. ”

Of the 175 cases of H1N1 in Karnataka between January 1 and February 20, 67 (38%) were reported in the city of Bengaluru, followed by 41 in Udupi and 21 in the urban district of Bengaluru. Of the 482 cases last year, 111 were seen in the city of Bengaluru.

More cases of viral infections: doctor

Dr. C Nagaraja, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Thorax Diseases, said that many people come for the detection of H1N1, but only eight were positive in January and two in February.

The last case of H1N1 at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, was from a 30-year-old man who had returned from Dubai, said Dr. Ambanna Gowda, an internal medicine specialist. “The number of cases of chronic cough, viral and upper respiratory infections is greater. We are seeing 8-10 cases of viral infections a day, ”said Dr. Gowda.

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