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Bengal Minister diagnosed with swine flu

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 18:31

Kolkata: Ailing West Bengal Water Resources
minister Nandagopal Bhattacharya has been diagnosed with
swineflu, while six others were admitted for the same disease
to the state-run Infectious Diseases hospital.

Bhattacharya`s swabs had tested positive for the H1N1
influenza, Health minister Suryakanta Mishra said, adding the
minister has already been admitted to a city clinic with brain
haemorrhage and respiratory distress.

"Nandagopal Bhattacharya has been affected by swineflu,"
Mishra said.

The minister`s office at state secretariat Writers`
Buildings said that Bhattacharya, whose condition was already
critical, had lately been diagnosed suffering from swineflu.

"His swab was tested positive by the National Institute
of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED)," his office said.
"Bhattacharya`s swabs have been sent to NICED for a second-
time confirmation."

Six swineflu patients came at the isolation ward of the
hospital in last few days and their swabs were tested
positive by the NICED laboratory, health department sources

None of them, however, was reported to have arrived from
any foreign country.

A 100-bed isolation ward has been set up at the ID
hospital, they added.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 18:31
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