Two with suspected swine flu admitted to Kerala hospital

May 4th, 2009 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi (Kerala) May 4 (IANS) A 25-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy who arrived at the international airport here from Europe were admitted to hospital with symptoms of swine flu Monday, an official said.
The two arrived here on an early morning flight and were found to have influenza but it was not clear whether it was swine flu, which is influenza A (H1NI). They were shifted to the government-run hospital in Permbavoor sub district.

“On medical tests at the airport it was found out that both of them had flu. For some time they were kept in the airport and then shifted to the hospital. We are waiting for the arrival of the kit to transport the samples taken from them. All the tests will be done in Delhi,” said Ernakulam district medical officer K.T. Remani.

The boy from London and the woman from Vienna both hail from Aluva near here.

Since the outbreak of influenza A (HINI) in several parts of the world, all the three international airports in the state have opened counters to screen all incoming passengers for the infection.

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