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First flu case in Assam

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 17, 2009

A man wears a handkerchief as a protective mask in Guwahati on Sunday.

A man wears a handkerchief as a protective mask in Guwahati on Sunday.

Aug. 16: A law student who has recently come to Guwahati tested positive for swine flu, the first such case in Assam, while four more persons in Meghalaya tested positive for the H1N1 virus, taking the total number of swine flu cases in the Northeast to seven.

Earlier, one patient each tested positive for H1N1 virus in Meghalaya and Manipur.

The blood samples, nasal and throat swabs of Dhiraj Yadav, 23, from Pune, sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre at Lahowal in Dibrugarh, tested positive.

The 23-year-old law student, originally from Haryana, arrived in Guwahati on a flight from Pune on Thursday and was admitted to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital the same day with flu symptoms by his sister and brother-in-law who are residents of Beltola in Guwahati.

“We received the report yesterday and his samples tested positive,” the deputy superintendent of MMCH, Ashok Barkotoky, said.

He, however, said Yadav could come around within next few days. “The patient has neither temperature nor any other complaint now. He looks fine and is spending time by watching TV at the isolation ward of the MMCH.”

“Though yesterday it was confirmed that he had swine flu, we have been giving him Tamiflu doses since Thursday. The treatment usually lasts for five days and today is the fourth day.”

The microbiologist of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital who collected Yadav’s samples is showing flu symptoms since yesterday. His blood samples along with nasal and throat swabs have been sent for H1N1 diagnosis.

Barkotoky said: “We have contacted those passengers who were three rows ahead and three rows behind Yadav on the flight.”

In Meghalaya, after football player Salwit Tongper 17, tested positive on August 11 on his return from England, four more cases were confirmed positive yesterday.

The deputy chief minister in-charge, health, Mukul Sangma, said the four include a girl student who arrived from Pune after the closure of educational institutions there.

In Shillong, the girl’s parents wanted her to be kept at home in a separate room after treatment. The other three are an inmate of the Sports Authority of India hostel in Polo, Shillong, an attendant at the Shillong Civil Hospital who is looking after Tongper and a Class VI student who is his close friend.

Source: The Telegraph


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