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Shillong | Oct 31, 2018: 

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek on Wednesday informed that there is no outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu) virus in the state.

“We are continuously monitoring the situation and we are not taking any chances. We have sounded full alert,” Hek told reporters at his chamber in the Meghalaya Secretariat.

According to the Health and Family Minister, no cases were detected in the State further clarifying that the two individuals who were detected with swine flu had come from outside the state.

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He said that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials in Guwahati International Airport and Shillong airport here have also been asked to take precautionary measures.

It may be mentioned that two cases of swine flu were tested positive in the state recently.

A 58-year-old woman who was tested positive of swine flu at Nazareth Hospital had died on Sunday last.

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Another woman had tested positive for swine flu in Shillong and admitted to a hospital on October 24. The woman, had come from Mumbai to Shillong recently to attend a Catholic convention along with her mother.

This is the first swine flu death in the state in 2018.

Swine flu had claimed its first victim in Meghalaya in 2009, health officials said today.

Swine flu is an infectious flu-like respiratory disease which infects the wind pipe of a person resulting in nasal secretions, cough, decreased appetite and restlessness.

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