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Swine flu comes to Punjab
Jalandhar boy first confirmed case; 9 on watchlist
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

  • Country count climbs to 23
  • Screening of passengers coming from affected countries on at 21 international airports
  • As many as 221 doctors, 111 paramedics have been deployed to man 76 counters
  • A total of 46,657 passengers have been screened so far
  • Samples of 272 persons have been tested

Jalandhar, June 14
Punjab today got its first confirmed case of Swine flu with a Jalandhar schoolboy —who had returned yesterday from an educational trip to NASA in the US — testing positive for the H1N1 virus.

Karandeep Singh, a class XII student of Guru Amar Dass Public School in Model Town here, along with 30 other students and three teachers, including the principal, had left the country on June 3. As soon as he landed at IGI Airport, New Delhi, on Saturday, the boy was quarantined after he showed flu-like symptoms and admitted to a local hospital.

Eight other students, who were part of the trip, were rushed to the civil hospital in Jalandhar on Sunday after they complained of fever and sore throat. District health officer (DHO) Roop Lal told Tribune that the students have been kept in a special isolation ward. “Their blood samples have been taken and would be sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Delhi. The reports would be available within 48 hours of submitting the samples,” he added.

The DHO further said the other members of the group would also be quarantined. “We have told them to take adequate precautions and remain in a separate room. All of them are under observation,” said Lal.

In Amritsar, a three-year-old boy, who had arrived from Germany along with his parents late last night, was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital with symptoms of influenza. He has been identified as Jasdeep, son of Sukhwinder Singh. Dr RPS Boparai, superintendent of GNDH, said the boy has kept in a special ward and his blood samples have been sent to NICD in Delhi. The reports are awaited.

Meanwhile, expressing its concern over a Jalandhar boy testing positive for the H1N1 virus, the Union Health Ministry today asked the Punjab government to closely monitor all the students who were part of the educational trip.

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