Relatives of Punjab’s latest swine flu case being monitored

June 21st, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Mandi Gobindgarh (Punjab), June 21 (IANS) Another group of students and teachers that returned from a US educational trip is causing concern after one student tested positive for swine flu. Health officials in this Punjab city are monitoring all those who came in contact with the 25-member group.
The group had returned to town June 17.

“Only one person has tested positive so far, but we are taking no chances and examining the other group members and all those who came in contact with them,” Satwant Kaur Bhalla, surgeon of the civil hospital in Fatehgarh Sahib, told IANS Sunday.

“We received the confirmed report of this patient from NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) Saturday evening and he has been admitted in an isolated ward. He is recovering fast. Till now nobody else has shown symptoms of swine flu and we have not sent any other blood sample to NICD for tests,” she added.

Mandi Gobindgarh is in district Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, around 70 km from the state capital Chandigarh.

The infected 15-year-old student was part of a group of 21 students and four teachers of the Om Prakash Modern School that went to Orlando in the US on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The trip was from June 5-15 and the group reached Delhi June 16. The boy was quarantined in the civil hospital here June 17 after he complained of high fever, sore throat and running nose.

In the state’s Jalandhar district, eight positive cases of swine flu were detected among students who had returned from the US trip earlier. Seven of these are admitted to isolation wards in Jalandhar civil hospital while one is undergoing treatment in New Delhi.

A senior health official here said: “We have constituted various teams to screen the health of all students of the district who had returned from the US in the last few weeks.”

“We are also observing their relatives, neighbours and friends who had come in contact with the children directly or indirectly,” he added.

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