Assam on high alert; Swine flu death in Meghalaya
GUWAHATI: Health authorities in Meghalaya have sounded an alert for Swine flu after one of the two patients who had tested positive for H1N1 virus died at a private hospital in Shillong.
The 57-year-old woman, who was admitted at Nazareth Hospital on October 19, with symptoms of fever, cough, weakness and respiratory distress died, Dr. Himjyoti Das told news agency PTI.
The woman had gone to Pune to attend a family function and on her return, her swap samples had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, Dr. Das said.
The Airports Authority of India officials in Guwahati International Airport and Shillong Airport have also been asked to take precautionary measures.
Another woman had tested positive for Swine flu in Shillong and admitted to a hospital on October 24.
The 27-year-old woman and her mother, hailing from Mumbai, had come to Shillong to attend a church convention.
Umesh Phangshu, Joint Director of National Health Mission, Assam, said on 30th October that all steps are being taken by the department to keep a check on the virus, though no Swine flu cases have been detected in Assam so far.