May 16, 2009 / 9:51 AM / 10 years ago

India confirms first case of H1N1 flu

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The health ministry on Saturday confirmed its first case of the H1N1 flu in the southern city of Hyderabad.

A man wearing a surgical mask waits outside Calderon Guardia hospital in San Jose, May 11, 2009, file photo. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

“He is an Indian. He was identified at the screening at the airport and was quarantined, and his samples were drawn and they have tested positive,” said Vineet Choudhary, joint secretary, health ministry.

The man, who was unidentified, was travelling from Dubai to Hyderabad, Choudhary said, adding those close to the man have been isolated and their health is being monitored.

His co-passengers on the flight to India are also being tracked down.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that some 7,500 people have been infected with the influenza strain that is a mixture of swine, bird and human viruses. H1N1 flu has now killed 65 people in 34 countries, WHO has said.

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