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1 case of confirmed swine flu in Manipur
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 31:
Published on 1 Aug. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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Manipur government on Friday sounded a swine flu alert after a girl was confirmed of having been infected by the disease. Briefing media persons in Imphal, director of the state health service, W Motilal said the blood sample taken from a girl who was among the four girl fencers recently returned from Singapore after participating in the Junior Asian and Cadet Championship has been confirmed infected by the swine flu virus A (H1NI). The blood sample taken from the girl who was being treated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, Porompat, Imphal with complaint of throat swap was sent to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), New Delhi on July 29 where they declared the girl being infected with the disease. The blood sample was taken on July 27 following the report of two of her colleagues having tested positive with the disease along with one coach from the state at New Delhi on their return to the country. The girl is currently being kept at an isolated ward at JN Hospital and five members of the family were also under close observation, the director said. Manipur has intensified surveillance of Swine Flu with Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprising of five to six doctors at the district level being put into work and opening control rooms at the district level since the report of outbreak of the disease in Assam. Additional director of state health department, Dr Thounaojam Bubhonchandra have been appointed as state Swine Flu nodal officer. People coming from outside are being checked at various entry points like the Imphal airport and on the national highways. A team of well trained doctors in the field from Imphal west district and chief medical officers are stationed at Imphal Tulihal Airport for the same. Another team of experts is also stationed at Moreh to check people coming from Myanmar under the supervision of the chief medical officer of Chandel district. Considering that airport is one of the important entry points, the authorities have taken up works of general surveillance in the area too. Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprising of five to six doctors with expertise in the field in all the districts have been put into service from 9 am till 6 pm everyday. A control room has also been opened at the state health directorate, the director added.

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