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Google India Closes Office Due To Swine Flu

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The H1N1 flu virus has hit Google India, and although things aren’t as bad as they might have been, it’s having some rather significant effects: around 100 people have gone to a hospital for swine flu tests, and a Hyderabad office will remain closed for two full days.

We’ll try to get the rest of the unpleasant news out of the way in one shot.  According to the Deccan Chronicle, an antiviral drug that can be used to prevent infection isn’t available in sufficient quantities for everyone who works at the office (a two-day supply exists when a ten-day regimen is what’s called for).

The Times of India reports that seven employees have been quarantined, too.

However, the sort of reassuring fact remains that there’s actually been just one confirmed case of swine flu among Google’s Hyderabad employees so far.

Also, the office closure is a voluntary precautionary measure, not a response ordered by some state health authority, and a sanitization process should help stop any H1N1 spread.

This doesn’t look like the end of Google India, then.  Hopefully the development will simply prove to be a small scare followed by a careful (and caring) corporate response.

Google India Closes Office Due To Swine Flu
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  • Doug Caverly

    Yeah, what’s interesting/ironic is that searches for “swine flu” in India are way down, too.

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=swine+flu&ctab=0&geo=in&geor=all&date=2009&sort=0

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/jimisan.ppr Jimisan

    Since it’s has been declared as PANDEMIC by WHO, it’s must be really serious. It has spread to every parts of the world. When you hear the number of infected in your area is increasing, it’s really worrying too. Preventive measures is a must to contain its spreads.

  • http://swineflufree.blogspot.com Maro Soper

    Even though H1N1 makes closeure in India Google office, but those schools in Hong Kong will resume to normal and re-open within August 2009.
    Hope H1N1 virus will not widely spread away.