Additional director of public health, Dr L Arke Singh

Imphal: Two persons in Manipur got tested swine flu positive on Tuesday evening, the first case of H1N1 in the state this year.

According to an official report, six samples collected for Coronavirus was dispatched to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for testing on January 31.

On February 4, the state health department received the medical report from Pune for three samples out of the six and of which, two tested positive for swine flu. However, there was no trace of Coronavirus infection in the samples received, as per the medical the report.

The remaining report for the three samples are yet to receive.

In an exclusive interview with EastMojo, additional director of public health, Dr L Arke Singh, said that three samples were collected from the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and three from the Jawarharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in between January 31 to February 4, 2020.

As per the official, two patients, who are the residents of Imphal East district, are sisters in relation.

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One of the sisters came from China on January 14, four days before the state roll out the screening centers for Coronavirus, and had close contacts with two other sisters since they were living under one roof together, Singh said.

On January 27, one of the sisters suffered from respiratory symptoms, however, she was recovered in couple of days after medication, he said.

Later, the other two sisters, including the one who came from China, complaint of headache, breathing and high fever, which led them to get tested at RIMS Hospital.

“The two sisters which got swine flu positive are being treated at home with care since the issue are not grave,” added Dr Singh.

Assuring the people of the state not to panic and remain calm, he further said, “Both H1N1 and Coronavirus are viral diseases and the symptoms are similar. But H1N1 are not contagious and so dangerous like Coronavirus. We could curtail and contain it very easily with proper care and medication.”

Of the six samples collected for Coronavirus, four of them were recently came from China, the country where the Coronavirus epidemic starts from, and one from Hongkong.

Soon after the outbreak of the Coronavirus, as many as 60 people from Manipur, mostly medical students, who stay in China have arrived in the state and many are expected to arrive soon if the plague continues to spread wildly.

In Manipur, the first case of H1N1 was detected in 2010. And till date, 18 cases of swine flu have tested positive, of which four have succumbed to the disease, informed Dr Singh.

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