Thursday, June 18, 2009

First swine flu case surfaces in Gujarat

The first case of suspected swine flu in Gujarat was reported from Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district on Tuesday evening. An 11-yearold girl who landed from Michigan on Sunday reported symptoms of swine flu and her blood and throat swab samples have been sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) for confirmation.

The girl and her family of four have been quarantined at the Himmatnagar Civil Hospital. Principal secretary of health and family welfare department Ravi Saxena said the girl was reported to the government health officials by paediatrician Atul Naik after she showed symptoms of swine flu.

The girl is reported to have hidden the fact that she had fever in the US before she embarked on the visit to India. The girl arrived at Ahmedabad airport at 3.30 am on Sunday and consulted Dr Naik after she developed high fever and upper respiratory tract infection.

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