Two Swine flu suspect in Himachal

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No swine flu case in Himachal – Deepak Shanan

Shimla: Even as doctors sent samples of two more swine flu suspect cases for testing, health authorities have maintained that there was no confirmed case inflicted with the potentially lethal virus in the state.

SS Minhas, medical superintendent IGMC said that test samples of two women with high fever and a history of having travelled recently were sent today to central laboratory Kasauli for ruling out swine flu.

He said there was no cause for alarm as of the four samples sent from IGMC, so far, none has been confirmed to have contracted the contagious disease.

Sources revealed that one of the woman is said to have traveled to Chandigarh and the other to various cities in Punjab.

On Monday, two samples were sent to NICD labs in Delhi for testing, the reports of which are awaited.

Deepak Shanan, principal secretary health said that the states health authorities were fully prepared to tackle any situation. “There is no confirmed swine flu case anywhere in the state,” he said.

Treating doctors revealed that persons with high fevers (more than 100 F) with symptoms of either sore throat, cough or sneezing developed within seven days of either having traveled to a place with more than one lab confirmed swine flu case, or come in close contact with a lab confirmed case, or living in a locality where a lab confirmed case is reported, is considered a suspect case that needs to be ruled out with lab tests.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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