Armyman tests positive for swine flu in Assam
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 15:22
Guwahati: An Army jawan tested positive for swine flu in Assam on Tuesday, the second confirmed case of flu in the state.

Nayak Raj Kumar Sinha had complained of swine flu symptoms and his samples sent for testing to the Indian Council of Medical Research at Lahowal in Dibrugarh which came out positive, Regional Director of Union Ministry of Health Parthajyoti Gogoi said.

51-year old Sinha is currently being treated at the isolation ward of Army Base Hospital at Bashistha here.

Earlier, 21-year old Dheeraj Yadav had tested positive and was undergoing treatment at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital here where his condition was stated to be stable.

Assam's Joint Director of Health Services Dr G P Sarma said the state health department had so far sent 43 samples for testing.

Three more cases in Kashmir

Meanwhile, three students have tested positive for swine flu in the Kashmir Valley, taking the total number of viral cases in the state to 12.

Three of the 11 samples sent yesterday for tests were found positive, health department officials said today.

The three students hailing from Srinagar had returned from outside the state recently, in-charge flu section, Kashmir, Dr Bashir Ahmed said.

With the three testing positive, the total number of swine flu cases in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up to 12 - five in Jammu and seven in Kashmir Valley.

In Jammu, two positive cases were reported from the same house, where the first swine flu case of an MBA girl student, who had returned from Pune was reported.

Today, eight more tests have been sent from Jammu and Srinagar health departments to NICD. Reports of 41 cases are still awaited.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 15:22

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