IMPHAL, March 6 � The first case of swine flu was detected in the Northeastern State of Manipur on Friday. Swine flu was first reported from NE in Nagaland on February 18 followed by Assam on March 2.
Sources said, a 35-year-old woman, currently under treatment at a private hospital here, has tested positive of swine flu on Friday. Reports said, the patient, a mother of two children was admitted first at another private hospital on February 26 but referred to RIMS on the same day.
Since RIMS doesn�t have ventilator support, she was again shifted to Shija Hospital on February 27. �We sent her blood sample to SRL Ranbaxy (a diagnostic centre) in Mumbai a day after she was admitted here. The confirmation report was received only today,� a Doctor attending the patient at Shija Hospitals said.
She is now in an isolation ward and under round-the-clock monitoring while the hospital staff attending the patient were vaccinated besides being provided protective suits.
The Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West district Dr S Bimolakumari visited the patient and is conducting an investigating as to how she contracted the the virus. The patient has no report of travelling outside the State before and after the epidemic was reported in the country.
Earlier, the Manipur Government had issued an alert after the disease was reported in neighbouring Nagaland in mid-February. Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh had asked the Health authorities to monitor movements on the Manipur-Nagaland and Manipur-Myanmar border entry points when the matter was discussed in the ongoing State Assembly session.