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Nagaland records 4th swine flu case

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Feb 26 � Nagaland has recorded one more Swine Flu case, taking the total number of people afflicted by the disease to four.

State Health Department has confirmed that one more person has tested positive for H1N1 virus.

According to an official statement, Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP) State Nodal Officer Dr Tiasunep Pongener said out of the nine samples sent to Dibrugarh for verification, the sample of a 39-year-old man tested positive for Swine Flu.

The person, who arrived Nagaland from Delhi on February 21 last, was said to have developed symptoms of Swine Flu on February 22. On the same day, his blood sample was sent to Dibrugarh for examination. State Health department received the test report on February 25 at around 2.30 pm.

Presently, the patient is under the care and supervision of a physician at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima.

The department has advised passengers who arrived in Nagaland from Delhi on the same flight to contact the nearest hospital if they developed any symptoms of H1N1 virus.

Three other persons tested positive for the virus between February 18 to 22 in the State. All the three travelled to the State from outside.

Imphal Correspondent ads: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Thursday expressed the need to step up vigil along Manipur-Nagaland and Indo-Myanmar borders to prevent spread of Swine Flu in the State.

�We need to step up vigil along Senapati and Ukhrul district borders besides Moreh, bordering Myanmar,� said Ibobi while reacting to suggestions by opposition members to prevent Swine Flu in the region.

The CM�s statement came during the discussion on demands of various departments on the second day of the five -day Budget session on Thursday. A Opposition member informed the house that neighbouring Nagaland has detected four persons with Swine Flu.

The Union Health Ministry is reported to have asked the Northeastern States to step up surveillance of the disease which has claimed many lives in the country.

Meanwhile, Manipur Health Services department has taken up a number of measures to combat Swine Flu in the State. A separate Cell to tackle Swine Flu has been opened at Imphal. Moreover, district level Cells headed by district surveillance officers have been opened.

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