60 test positive for H1N1 in northeast

Agartala, Dec 2 - A young man died and as many as 60 people, including an army soldier, tested positive for swine flu in the northeast, an official report said here Wednesday.

"At least 45 people tested positive (laboratory confirmed cases) for swine flu in Assam, followed by eight in Meghalaya, four in Mizoram, two in Nagaland and one in Manipur. Few of them are now under treatment in government hospitals," said the report of the union ministry of health and family care on influenza A (H1N1).

It said no fresh cases of the virus were reported in the past one month.

However, health officials and volunteers continue to screen incoming passengers at selected airports and people at border check posts.

Experts have expressed fear that a second wave of swine flu hitting the country would be worse than the first one.

The 28-year-old young man died of swine flu in October at a government hospital in Mizoram, making it the first and only death from H1N1 in the northeast.

The region reported its first swine flu case in early August when a 19-year-old Manipuri woman fencer and a 17-year-old Meghalaya footballer were tested positive for the swine flu disease.

The Manipuri fencer had returned from a competition in Singapore while the Meghalaya soccer player had returned from Britain. Both of them are now cured. (IANS)