In the first case of swine flu reported from the northeastern states, a 19-year-old Manipuri woman fencer who returned from a competition in Singapore has tested positive for the disease, officials said in Imphal on Sunday.
Manipur's Director for Health Services W Motilal said one of the fencers from Manipur, who returned from a sporting event in Singapore last week, later complained of uneasiness and high fever and authorities sent her blood samples to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), now the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in New Delhi.
"The confirmation report was received Saturday and the girl was shifted to the isolation ward of the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal," he told reporters here.
A total of 30 Indian fencers, including five from Manipur, were in Singapore July 14 to 22.
Health officials arranged for the patient's family members to undergo tests and efforts were being made to check all the passengers who arrived in Imphal along with the player by a private airline.
"Manipur has intensified surveillance of swine flu with deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) comprising five to six doctors at all districts headquarters. Control rooms have been also opened in the districts as well as state headquarters," Motilal said.
A team of experts is stationed at Moreh border to check people coming from Myanmar, and another team is at Imphal airport.
Thounaojam Bubhonchandra, additional director of state health department, said there was no cause for fear with the detection of one positive case of swine flu, and the health department has stepped up surveillance and taken necessary preventive measures against its spread in the state.
Authorities in the northeastern region had earlier stepped up precautionary measures against the spread of swine flu, besides banning import of pigs and pork products from adjoining countries.
The northeastern states share mostly unfenced borders with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China.
"We are on a maximum alert with our rapid action teams keeping a strict vigil along the international border with Myanmar and Bangladesh and also boundaries with other northeastern states," said C. Sangnghina, director of Mizoram's animal husbandry and veterinary department.
"We are holding regular review meetings and collecting reports from deputy commissioners on the latest situation," he added.
Sale of pork in Mizoram, Tripura, and Manipur has already come down after swine flu cases were reported in India. Pigs are normally imported from Myanmar and pork is a favoured delicacy of the Mizos and other tribals.