H1N1 scare: SAP India asks employees to work from home

SAP India has shut the offices in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai for fumigation and expects to reopen from March 1. Multiple other companies at the RMZ Eco World premises where the SAP office is located are taking measures to fumigate their office...

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“Tracing of contacts that the infected colleagues may have come in contact with is under way,” a spokesperson for SAP India said.
BENGALURU: Enterprise software provider SAP has closed its India sales offices and asked staff to work from home till February 28, after two of its employees in Bengaluru tested positive for the H1N1 virus, popularly known as swine flu.

SAP India has shut the offices in Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai for fumigation and expects to reopen from March 1. “Tracing of contacts that the infected colleagues may have come in contact with, is under way,” a spokesperson for SAP India said.

Multiple other companies at the RMZ Eco World premises where the SAP office is located are taking measures to fumigate their office buildings, said spokespersons of various companies located at the technology park.


The IT Special Economic Zone in east Bengaluru houses many multinational and Indian technology companies such as Capgemini, KPIT Technologies and Subex, apart from SAP.

“While an isolated incident has been reported, it has since been contained at a tenant space. Action has been taken as a precautionary measure,” a spokesperson for RMZ Group said.

“We have already sent out information about the virus, how it spreads; prevention and helpline numbers have been activated,” the person said.
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Mid-tier technology services provider Subex has also issued an advisory to sensitise employees on ways to prevent H1N1.

“We are aware of the two H1N1 cases that were identified within our larger tech park... as part of precautionary measures, we have decided to fumigate our office premises over the weekend to negate any possible incidents,” said Mohan Sitharam, chief people officer, Subex.

Of the 1,648 samples tested for H1N1 in the state from January 1 to February 20 this year, only 175 cases have tested positive, state government data showed. During the same period in 2019, 478 samples had tested positive.

“There is nothing to panic. We do not know why the IT company has asked people to work from home for so long. They have not contacted us, and we have not issued any special advisory,” Dr Prakash Kumar, joint director (communicable diseases) at the Department of Health and Family Welfare told ET.
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In 2019, as many as 2,030 samples had tested positive, with the disease claiming 96 lives.
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