First suspected swine flu case in Mangalore

Patient arrived from Egypt; Quarantined at Fr Muller hospital

The patient, identified as Vishwanath (35), a resident of Karkala, was admitted to a hospital in Karkala on Sunday after he complained of fever, cough and tiredness.

Upon learning that the person had just arrived from Egypt  on Saturday and as the symptoms matched with those suffering from swine flu, the doctors immediately informed the authorities concerned in Bangalore. They in turn informed the same to Dakshina Kannada District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Jagannath.

The DHO in turn, immediately took steps to shift the person from Karkala to Fr Muller Hospital at Kankanady in Mangalore where a 5-bed quarantine unit has been set up to treat any suspected swine flu cases (after the swine flu cases were detected).

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Dr Jagannath said that it is only a suspected case of swine flu. “The patient’s blood sample has been sent to the Virology department in Bangalore and reports are awaited.”

On the other hand, if the case is confirmed, then it is a matter of concern that despite the person passing through two international airports (Mumbai and Mangalore) to reach his home, the officials concerned could not detect the case in either airport where sophisticated equipment have been set up to detect any suspected cases of swine flu.

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