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Govt denies Kerala NRI was victim of influenza A (H1N1)

The Union Government today denied media reports which said that a non-resident Indian (NRI) who had died in Kollam, Kerala, on July 1 was possibly a victim of influenza A (H1N1).

In a statement here today, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the samples of the 51-year-old man had tested negative for influenza A (H1N1) at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Delhi.

The statement said the NRI was a known case of diabetes for 30 years, hypertension, coronary artery disease and dyslipedemia. He had travelled from the United Kingdom and reached Thiruvananthapuram on June 12 after transiting through Dubai and Mumbai.

According to the statement, as per the database of the Airport Health Organisation, specifically maintained for influenza A (H1N1), he had reached Mumbai at about 0400 hours on June 12 by Air India flight IC 684 from Dubai and did not have any symptoms at the time of entry screening on that date.

The statement said the man had developed symptoms of fever and cough on June 23 and had taken medication for viral fever at his native place. When his condition deteriorated, he reported to a private hospital in Kollam district on July 1.

His condition deteriorated and he died within two hours of reaching the hospital on July 1, the statement said.

"There has been speculation in certain sections of the media that his death was due to influenza A (H1N1). This is not correct. His throat and nasal swab have tested negative for influenza A H1N1(swine) at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi," the statement added.

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