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Swine flu in Odisha: Health officials to keep track of migrant workers

Health officers in Odisha's Ganjam district are stepping up their bid to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Health officers in Odisha's Ganjam district are stepping up their bid to prevent the spread of swine flu. They will keep track of migrant workers, mainly from Gujarat, where the disease has infected many people.

Recently, some labourers returned from Surat to participate in 'Danda Nata' that starts from third week of this month and ends on 'Maha Bishubha Sankranti' on April 14. (Read: Swine flu symptoms and signs you MUST be aware of!)

Around seven lakh Odia workers, mostly from Ganjam, work in textile mills and diamond cutting industries in Surat and Ahmedabad respectively, officials said. We will track the labourers when they return. If possible, we will sensitise them at railway stations. They will be advised to come to the hospital if they have flu symptoms, said Chief District Medical Officer (in-charge), Umakanta Mishra. (Read: Prevent swine flu with these 10 dos and don ts)

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Mishra said, H1N1 virus spreads in cold conditions. The maximum temperature in the district is already hovering between 33 and 35 degree Celsius. Recently, a 56-year-old woman from Aska Road died of swine flu at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. She had travelled to north India before falling sick. Though she belongs to Berhampur, she did not stay in the town. So there is no reason to worry, said health officer of Berhampur Municipal Corporation S K Das. Health department has taken several preventive steps and advised people to go the nearest hospital, if they suspect any symptoms of the disease. (Read: 15 precautions every Indian should take to prevent swine flu)

With inputs from PTI

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