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No reports of suspected swine flu in India: WHO

No reports of suspected swine flu in India: WHO
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 04 41 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 04 41 PM IST
New Delhi: India has not reported any suspected case of deadly swine flu so far and the country has “tremendous capacity” to deal with the situation in the event of an outbreak of the influenza, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today.
“India has not reported any case of swine flu. For that matter, none of the South East Asian countries have reported any suspected case,” Dr J P Narain, Director, Communicable Diseases, WHO, South-East Asia region, said.
“They (India) have tremendous capacity to deal with any kind of situation and it is very much in the forefront of prepardeness... capacity is very much there... we have absolutely no doubt about that,” he told reporters here.
On reports of a suspected swine flu case in Hyderabad, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Deputy Regional Director of WHO, said the laboratory tests of the person who was suspected to have the flu tested negative.
Rubbishing media reports that a Texas-based passenger, diagnosed with swine flu, has arrived in the city, authorities from the Hyderabad International Airport today said that no passenger has yet been detected with the disease.
Not a single passenger arrived here has been found carrying swine flu virus, a spokesman for the Airport said, adding that the reports that a passenger from Texas with swine flu having arrived here are absolutely false.
Doctors at the Chest Hospital here, where the passenger has allegedly been referred to, also denied the reports.
No case of swine flu has been detected. However, on the request of Airport authorities a team of doctors has been stationed at the Airport to screen any suspected swine flu case, they said.
Meanwhile, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) chief veterinary officer P Venkateshwar Reddy said that the veterinary department has caged many pigs in different areas of the city.
The blood samples of the pigs are being sent to Veterinary Biological Research Institute for detection of any disease, he said.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 04 41 PM IST
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