DIMAPUR, Feb 18 � In the first case of swine flu reported in Nagaland, a Naga woman tested positive for the disease on February 16. The patient is undergoing treatment in Dimapur civil hospital for the last three days.
She is being kept in an isolation ward in the hospital and all precautions taken to ensure that the virus does not spread. The patient�s condition is reported to be stable and could be discharged after a day or two when her health condition stabilises, sources said.
The victim went for check-up at Dimapur civil hospital after developing symptoms of fever, fatigue, vomiting, etc., on February 14. She arrived in Dimapur from Chennai via Kolkata on February 13. She was reportedly working in Chennai.
The doctors kept the patient in an isolation ward in the hospital after taking blood samples suspecting her to be afflicted by swine flu. The blood samples were then sent to Dibrugarh on February 15 for examination. The test report, which came on February 16, confirmed H1N1 infection.
The State Health department has put up an alert and advised all the passengers who flew from Kolkata to Dimapur on the same day to seek timely medical attention from any district hospital if they develop high fever with cough and cold within a week�s time.
State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Dr Tiasunup Pongener said the patient had probably contacted the virus from outside the State and therefore, there was no need for panic. He appealed to public not to panic as the situation is under control with all safety precautions taken against spread of the disease. He also advised that people should check with doctors if they have any symptoms and avoid self-medication.
During the 2009 swine flu epidemic, out of about 30 samples taken in Nagaland, only one had tested positive.
Deliberating on the steps to be taken to tackle the situation in the event of an outbreak, top medical officials of the State held an emergency meeting on H1N1 yesterday. The meeting is said to have discussed immediate procurement of anti-viral drug to counter H1N1 virus from the Central Government and a proposal to the government for logistics support and contingency fund.