The health department had taken special care to treat patients admitted to hospitals with fever. Khader said hospital authorities had been directed to conduct tests if the fever did not subside in time.

A total of 1,157 patients had been tested and 285 cases were found positive, Khader told reporters here.

Out of the persons tested positive with H1N1, 173 patients had fully recovered and the remaining patients were under treatment, he said.

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