Blood samples of all the twenty one patients sent for H1NI test have tested negative, according to Director Health B S Pathania.
"There is no need to panic, as all the 21 blood samples sent for confirmation of H1N1 influenza have tested negative for the virus", Pathania told Greater Kashmir, adding no fresh blood sample has been sent for confirmation today.
He said the only positive patient-a six month old female baby, who was undergoing treatment at the Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh Hospital- has also fully recovered within a span of one week and there is no risk of the spread of the disease in the region.
Pathania said, "The risk group for H1N1 are generally children or elderly persons and patients suffering with chronic diseases of heart, liver, kidney and other organs".
He said the symptoms of normal influenza are almost similar to the H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza and both pass away after a gap of 5-7 days. "But Swine Flu can be fatal for children, elderly persons and other patients with diseases of chronic nature" he added.
"Adequate arrangements have been made in all the health institutes including the Medical College and Associated Hospitals and other District Hospitals. Separate Isolation Wards have also been set up in all the health institutes to prevent the spread of the disease", Pathania said.
It is worthwhile to mention here that there is no laboratory for the testing of blood samples of suspected H1 N1 (Swine Flu) patients in Jammu region and in absence of the facility, the blood samples of suspected cases are sent to neighboring Himachal Pradesh (GMCH Kangra), Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.