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Nepal detects first Swine Flu case

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 30, 2009

Kathmandu, 30 June: A US-based non-resident Nepali family, who landed in Kathmandu recently, have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus 2009, otherwise known as Swine Flu.

This is the first Swine Flu case detected in Nepal.

Officials at Ministry of Health said the Swine Flu was detected in a couple and their son. The trio landed Kathmandu via Doha, Quatar, on June 21.

The eight-year old kid showed symptoms of the disease on June 24 and test of his blood sample confirmed H1N1 2009 influenza virus in him on June 27.

The blood sample of 44-year old father and 38-year old mother was collected on June 26 to ascertain if they were caught by Swine Flu. “They are found to have been infected while in Washington,” said coordinator of the Avian Influenza Control Project Dr Manas Kumar Banerjee.

The identities of three persons infected have not been disclosed.

Officials at World Health Organization in Nepal said the infected trio is on self-quarantine under supervision of the kid’s grandfater, who is doctor by profession.

Apprehensive of the possible spread of Swine Flu, the ministry has requested all hospitals to make arrangement for different units to keep swine flu patients.

Source: Asiantribune

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