Suspected swine flu case reported in Chandigarh (Lead)

June 19th, 2009 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) A 22-year-old woman with suspected symptoms of influenza A (H1N1) was admitted to a hospital here Friday evening, health officials said.
According to the officials of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), the patient, who is a resident of Sector 38 here, had visited Singapore with her family and returned June 14.

She was not well since her arrival but she contacted PGIMER doctors Friday.

She was admitted immediately to an isolated ward.

H.C. Gera, a health official with the Chandigarh administration, said: “The samples of the patient have been sent to NICD (National Institute of Communicable Disease), New Delhi, for tests. We will get the report tomorrow (Saturday) evening.”

“The rapid response team of the administration had also visited her house and examined other family members,” added Gera.

Health officials said they were also making inquiries to check if any other passenger from the same flight had arrived in the city.

Meanwhile, the test reports of the 70-year-old woman who was admitted to the isolation ward of a government hospital here in Sector 32 Thursday turned out to be negative.

Until now, the health department of Chandigarh administration has received 10 cases of suspected swine flu, of which nine were tested negative.

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