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Tests for H1N1 tested negative
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Aug 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Aug. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Senior Specialist Blood Bank in-charge of Dimapur, Dr. Temsu, responsible for monitoring suspected cases of swine flu in the district, said there was no need to panic over the disease as it was not imminently life threatening because of its low mortality in comparison with other vector borne diseases like cerebral malaria and Japanese encephalitis. He also informed that all the five swap samples for testing swine flu that were sent to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), Delhi, were tested negative. Two more swap samples were dispatched on Wednesday he said. Dr Temsu said that swap samples of persons exhibiting some of the symptoms of swine flu were taken after ascertaining places of occurrence which they visited. He also disclosed that the Regional Indian Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Dibrugarh was likely to obtain permission for establishing a testing facility for the air-borne H1N1 virus. A seminar is being organized by the medical department at Red Cross Building, Kohima on Thursday to discuss about the disease. The seminar would be attended by health officers from all the eleven districts. Meanwhile, blood samples of four persons suspected of infection with Japanese Encephalitis tested positive. Out of the four patients whose samples taken, two were discharged from the hospital after recovery, while the case of the remaining two was reported to be complicated. Out of the four samples, one each was taken from CIHSR (Referral) and Civil hospital while the remaining two were taken from Zion hospital. Blood samples sent from Dimapur reached NICD, Delhi on August 12 and results of the tests were received on August 17. District Malarial Officer, Dr Imcha, expressed satisfaction over the timely results of the tests conducted by the NICD despite its heavy work load due to huge tests being undertaken on hundreds of samples from across the country. The DMO further disclosed that areas where the cases of Japanese encephalitis have been earmarked and preventive measures undertaken to halt the spread. “We are putting more stress on the preventive measures and on sensitizing the people leaving in the surrounding areas” he said. Dr Imcha also disclosed that one more suspected case was reported in Metro Hospital on Wednesday. However, blood sample could not be taken since the patient was in an unconscious state.

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