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Meghalaya footballer tests swine flu positive

IANS  Meghalaya, August 12, 2009
First Published: 09:34 IST(12/8/2009) | Last Updated: 10:47 IST(12/8/2009)
A 17-year-old footballer, S Tongber from Meghalaya on Tuesday tested positive for H1N1 virus, marking the first swine flu case in the northeast.

A health department spokesperson said that the boy was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital on Aug 8 following complaints of cough and cold.


"Laboratory tests confirmed that the boy was H1N1 positive," the health official said. The boy had returned from Britain recently and complained of swine flu like symptoms soon after his return. "He was in the UK to attend a football training camp," a family member of Tongber said.

"He has been kept at an isolation ward now and is being treated as per norms," the health official said. Meanwhile, a general health alert was sounded in Meghalaya and across the northeastern states.

"There are no swine flu cases reported so far in the state, but we have already put on alert our doctors and paramedical staff to deal with any situation," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

A three-member team of experts from the central health ministry arrived in Guwahati on Tuesday to train a pool of 100 doctors on how to deal with the situation in the event of a swine flu outbreak in Assam.

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