The deadly swine flu virus is now spreading in Nagaland with the detection of two cases which have put the other NE states in alert.

Nagaland nodal officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Tiasunep said of the four suspected blood samples sent to Dibrugarh for examination in the second batch, one was declared positive. The patient, who returned from Delhi by train on February 19, has been admitted to the isolation ward at Kohima Civil Hospital.

Dr Tiasunep added that the patient called up the IDSP to seek medical help after he developed flu-like symptoms.

The first case was of a Naga woman working in Chennai who returned home by flight on February 14.

The woman, who travelled extensively for a week, had typical flu symptoms for several days. She went for a check up at Dimapur Civil Hospital the next day. The doctors kept the patient in an isolated ward and her blood sample tested positive on February 16.

All district chief medical officers CMOs) and medical superintendents (MS) have been instructed to keep in touch with private practitioners and hospitals. Director (Health & Family Welfare) Dr Neikietuo has instructed all doctors and health personnel to remain in their respective places of postings.

Over 670 people have died of H1N1 and around 10,000 cases have been reported in the country.

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