With neighbouring States reeling under a swine flu outbreak, chief medical officers and chief medical superintendents of hospitals across Uttarakhand were put on high alert on Saturday to check the spread of H1N1 influenza.

The Director-General of Medical Health & Family Welfare has asked all CMOs to provide all facilities to affected persons if any.

However, not a single case of swine flu has been detected in the State so far, said State nodal officer Kiran Bisht.

As a precautionary measure, chief medical superintendents of all hospitals have been asked to set up an isolation ward to admit people showing symptoms of swine flu, she said.

“Though the situation in Uttarakhand is normal and there is no need to panic, we need to take precautionary measures in view of the swine flu threat in neighbouring States,” she said.

As many as 64 people have died due to swine flu in Rajasthan, while 18 deaths have been reported from Haryana, 10 from Punjab and three in Delhi till Wednesday. - PTI

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