A swine flu case was reported in Goa on Thursday after a man who landed in Panaji from Seattle via Mumbai tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1), health authorities said.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, state epidemiologist and nodal officer for swine flu Rajendra Tamba said that medical reports of the patient's throat swab received from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), New Delhi had tested positive.
"The reports have tested positive and the patient has been admitted to the isolation ward at the Chicalim Cottage Hospital for medication," Tamba said.
"The patient, who is a Goan and a sailor by profession, was in the US for the last few months. He left Seattle on July 3 and landed in Goa via Mumbai on July 5," Tamba said, adding that the sailor had contacted health authorities after he developed swine flu like symptoms.
"He was immediately taken to the Goa Medical College for examination and his throat swab samples were dispatched for tests," the official said.