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Manipur fencer to undergo test for flu

Imphal, July 26: The Manipur health department will conduct tests for swine flu on a woman fencer after two of her teammates were detained in Delhi on testing positive for the virus.

The team was returning from Singapore after participating in a fencing meet.

A 30-member Indian squad participated in the Asian Junior Cadet Championship (fencing), which was held from July 15 to 22.

On returning to Delhi, five participants, including two players from Manipur, tested positive for the virus.

While the two were admitted to a Delhi hospital, the other three returned to Manipur.

Of the three, one is reportedly suffering from fever.

“We have been informed of her fever and we will examine her tomorrow,” an official in the health department said.

“We will take a decision on whether the other two players need to be examined, too,” he said.

Th. Bhubanchandra, the additional director (public health), however, said there was no cause for panic.

He said a rapid response team would visit the fencer’s residence tomorrow and if necessary, her throat swab would be taken for testing.

Manipur does not have facilities for the laboratory test for swine flu. The sample is likely to be sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi.

An official of the health department said the decision on whether the girl should be kept in isolation till the results arrive would be taken tomorrow.

Officials said the department would review the arrangements made at the airport to examine passengers who were returning from abroad.

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