COIMBATORE: A Coimbatore man, who is studying MBA in New Jersey, and his mother have been quarantined at the government hospital here with symptoms of swine flu. The 26-year-old youth came to Coimbatore four days ago to attend a wedding in the family. Even before his departure from the United States, he is said to have been suffering from mild fever and sore throat.

As the fever, muscle pain and severe headache – symptoms of the flu – persisted, his aunt, who is a doctor, suspected it to be a case of swine flu. His 55-year-old mother too suffered from similar symptoms. Hence, the duo was brought to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital here for treatment.

“As they showed symptoms, we have quarantined them. However, only blood tests will confirm if they have swine flu,” hospital dean Dr V Kumaran told TOI. Following the outbreak of swine flu, the Union health ministry had directed state authorities to screen inbound air passengers for symptoms. The joint director of the health department, Dr V Vijayalakshmi, said the blood samples, throat and nasal swabs of the youth and his mother had been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in New Delhi for tests.

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