IMPHAL: Additional director of Public Health Dr. L Arke Singh Wednesday informed that six samples for suspected Corona Virus were collected and dispatched for tests on January 31, 2020 in National Institute Virology (NIV), Pune, and out of them three reports were received on February 4, 2020. The three reports belonged to sisters and two have tested positive for H1N1 Swine flu virus while the other have tested negative, However, there is no trace of Corona virus infection in the samples received till now.
The statement was made by the additional director of Public Health during a meeting with selected media persons at Directorate of Health Services, Lamphelpat.
Addressing to media persons, Dr. L. Arke Singh said that he said that actually the six samples were collected and sent it to National Institute Virology (NIV) for Corona Virus disease test but the two reports were confirmed as positive H1N1 Swine flu virus an another confirmed as negative. It is said that both the virus is similar as well are the symptoms. He said that H1N1 swine flu virus is contagious but not so dangerous like Corona virus. We can stabilize the conditions of the patients through special care and providing them with proper medication, he added.
He further said that the two sisters are being provided special medical assistance and treatment at their house, and they will recover within a short period of time. The two sisters were in B category of H1N1, which is not so serious in comparison, added the additional director of public health.
Mentioned may be made that in the previous year three patient tested positive for H1N1 swine flu virus but unfortunately one patient died. It is said that the two sisters are the first case of the virus for this year 2020. In the previous year, more than 28,787 swine flu virus cases were detected in India, out of them over 1,218 died and including in Manipur where 3 patients were confirmed positive and one patient died in 2019. According to report, it is said that about 171 people were reported to be suffering from this swine flu virus this year in India and one patient from the state of Telangana died.
He further informed that 3 cases have been tested positive for Corona virus in the state of Kerala who were residing temporarily at Wuhan City, where Corona virus outbreak originated, adding that three more swine flu virus positive cases were also there in Kerala. Distinguishing the medical outlook on patients with with Corona virus and H1N1, he explained that H1N1 was around longer and doctors know the treatment procedures and characters of the disease. He appealed to the general public not to panic.
It is said that three samples were collected from Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) and three samples were collected from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science (JNIMS) between January 31 and February 4, 2020.
Soon after the outbreak of the Corona virus in China, around 60 students from the state had returned from China, most of whom are students studying in medical institutions in China. The screening has been conducted under the surveillance of medical directorate, which informed that they have no symptom of any diseases. In Manipur, the first case of H1N1 was detected in the year 2010. So far 18 cases of swine flu virus have been detected, of which four succumbed to the disease.