The transmission of swine flu virus in Goa is just 12 per cent while most of the patients in this coastal state have got infected abroad, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The state authorities said that there are 31 H1N1 positive cases found in Goa, of which just four contacted the virus in the state.
“Around 16 were infected abroad and 11 from other parts of the country,” Dr Jose De Sa, state nodal officer for swine flu, told reporters in Panaji.
The state health authorities today conducted a workshop for sensitising media over the issue.
“Goa has collected 239 throat swab samples of which 126 were sent for testing at two government-run laboratories, one each at Pune and Delhi,” said Dr de sa.
The state registered three deaths of which two patients were from Karnataka.
The authorities have been sending all the samples to National Institute of Virology, Pune, and National Institute for Communicable Disease, Delhi, which may amount to delays in getting the results. The throat swabs are also sent to Mangalore-based Kasturba memorial hospital.
A 10-beded isolation facility at Margao town would be in place in next couple of days, he said.
At present, isolation wards are created at Goa medical college and Chicalim urban health centre.