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First swine flu death in Mizoram

india Updated: Oct 16, 2009 14:05 IST

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A 28-year-old man has died of swine flu at a hospital in Mizoram's Mamit district, making it the first death from the pandemic in the state, officials said.

The report of the throat and swab samples of C M S Dawngliana, who died on Sunday, today revealed that he was infected with H1N1 virus, health department officials said.

The victim was suspected of contacting virus when he took his relative to Aizawl Civil Hospital for treatment in September. Dawngliana was the fourth person in the state to be infected with the virus.

Health officials have decided to screen people at border checkposts and also at the lone Lengpui airport near here.

Experts expressed fear that a second wave of swine flu hitting the country would be worse than the first.

Mizoram, they said, would have to remain vigilant during winter.