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Pakistan detects first swine flu case

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 01:40 IST
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The Pakistan government on Monday confirmed the detection of the country's first case of swine flu but said the patient had recovered and the disease was not transmitted further.

Health Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani told the National Assembly or the lower house of parliament that 25 people were tested for the virus and only one of them was positive for swine flu.

The patient later recovered and the disease was not transmitted further, he said in response to a question.

The vaccine for swine flu has not yet been introduced in the market, he said. The government has placed an order for the vaccine.

Anti-viral drug Tami-flu is available in government hospitals to treat any patients of swine flu and healthcare personnel have been trained to deal with the disease, he said.

Health officers at international airports, seaports and borders posts have been screening travellers. The government also plans to install thermal scanners at ports of entry to detect cases, Jakhrani said.

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