India's first case of swine flu confirmed
New Delhi May 16: While the counting of votes took the attention of the nation, the latest pandemic threst, Swine Flu has reportedly creeped upon India. The county has confirmed the first case of swine flu. A 23 year old passenger travelling from New York via Dubai and New Delhi tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus in Hyderabad.
The Union Health Ministry official said that, it is a 'national emergency' and he is been shifted to identified isolation facility under strict infection control. They also added that, his samples have been tested positive for influenza A.
The statement issued by the Health Ministry stated that, "the office of the concerned airlines has been contacted to provide the list of passengers who travelled with him in close proximity. Information of such passengers would be provided to the WHO (World Health Organisation) and respective countries through the external affairs ministry."
All the passengers who travelled along with the man on the flight on May 13 are being asked to provide their contact details to Indian authorities. They are also advised to remain in their homes for a period of seven days and asked to monitor for symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.