U.S. Exports Swine Flu to India

Media reports from India indicate that a NRI (non-resident Indian) from Texas may have brought swine flu to the South Indian city of Hyderabad.

The patient, who landed in Hyderabad two days back, has been quarantined at the Government Chest Hospital in Yerragada.

Scared witless by the incident, Indian authorities have now enhanced screening at the airports of passengers arriving from nations affected by Swine Influenza A.

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has ordered passengers and crew arriving from affected countries to declare the presence of fever and respiratory symptoms, history of visit to any swine flu affected area or history of contact with swine flu cases, through special forms.

The ministry has also ordered all 17 International Airports in the country including the five with private operators to set up facilities for screening of international passengers/crew arriving from affected countries.

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