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One case tests negative, 3 reports awaited

india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 00:54 IST
Neha Bhayana
Neha Bhayana
Hindustan Times
One case tests negative

The 29-year old Jammu and Kashmir resident, who was feared to have the A/H1N1 (swine) flu, has tested negative. The reports of three others who were quarantined at Kasturba Hospital on Tuesday are still awaited.

“He has been discharged,” said medical superintendent Dr U. Haigal adding that he came from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and was admitted on Sunday as he had fever, throat ache and cough. His report came as a relief to the state health officials who have been concerned that the virus would reach Maharashtra.

The three other men, aged 25 and 29 years, had arrived at airport on Tuesday morning after visiting Jeddah and were planning to return to their homes.

Over 4.36 lakh people have been screened at airports and seaports. 16 of them were quarantined, but tested negative.

Pune-based institute awaits virus strain

The Pune-based Serum Institute is still waiting for the World Health Organisation to send a strain of the H1N1 virus so they can start developing a vaccine.

The institute is among the five vaccine manufacturers in the developing world that has been approached by WHO.