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Swine flu scare hits Badminton c’ship
HYDERABAD, AUG 11 (Agencies):
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:14 AM IST
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After the reported terror threat, influenza A (H1N1) cast its shadow over the World Badminton Championship on Tuesday with the doubles coach of the Malaysian team displaying symptoms of the viral disease that has killed ten people in India. A Thai doubles player has pulled out of the match after showing flu-like symptoms. Thailand’s doubles player Tatipat Chahard on Tuesday pulled out of men’s doubles match against India after he complained of fever. He has been taken to the hospital. Earlier, Jeremy Gan, a coach of Malaysian team, was quarantined at the Andhra Pradesh Chest Hospital, the nodal centre to deal with swine flu cases, and his samples were sent for testing for influenza A (H1N1) virus, organisers of the event said. “The Malaysian doubles coach complained of throat pain last evening. His samples have been sent for testing. We don’t want to take any chance. We are taking all precautions,” Pullela Gopichand, director of the organising committee and Indian team coach, said. IANS reported that Gopichand had earlier said the other Malaysian coach, Misbun Sidek, had shown swine flu symptoms. Since the city has no testing facility, the samples would be sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in New Delhi. The reports are likely to be available on Wednesday. A player from Singapore was also hospitalised Monday evening due to ill-health. Doctors said he had no visible symptoms of swine flu. The Malaysian coach was found with swine flu symptoms at a time when the virus has created a scare in parts of India, claiming ten lives.

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