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Meghalaya’s first swine flu suspect
Published on 7 Aug. 2009 12:33 AM IST
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A woman, who had recently returned from New Delhi, was admitted to Shillong Civil hospital with H1N1 flu symptoms, Meghalaya’s first suspected case of the disease, an official said today. “The nasal and throat swab samples of the girl have been sent today to the National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata, for further examination,” Director of Health Services KH Lakiang told UNI here. Thirty-two-year-old Kunti Limbu was the first H1N1 flu suspect to be admitted to Shillong Civil hospital here yesterday. “The patient was admitted after she complained of a running nose, cough and sore throat - all suspected to be symptoms of swine flu,” Dr Lakiang said. He said the woman was being kept in an observatory ward and doctors were keeping a close watch. “She is normal and there is nothing to panic,” the Health Services Chief said. Meanwhile, health authorities here have suggested all private hospitals to refer H1N1 flu suspects immediately to government hospitals. “Though there is no reason to panic, it is recommended that anyone, who had been in contact with swine flu patient and had symptoms of influenza, must get themselves checked at any government hospital,” Dr Lakiang said.

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