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First case of swine-flu in Assam

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 16, 2009

Guwahati, Aug 15 (PTI) An 18-year-old patient today tested positive for Swine flu in Assam, the first such case in the northeast state.

Joint Director of the state’s Health Services Dr G P Sarma said the samples of the youth, who was admitted yesterday in the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) here, was sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Lahowal in Dibrugarh.

“We have received the reports today and his samples have tested positive”, Sarma said.

The health official said his residential address was given as Beltola, Guwahati.

The patient had been kept in the isolation ward of the MMCH.

This is the first of the 11 suspected cases of swine flu to test positive while the results of three others are awaited.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said the state was well equipped with medicine backups to combat any emergency.

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