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India-WI series under swine flu surveillance

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 8:39 [IST]
 
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Series under swine flu surveillance

Kingston: The ongoing ODI series between India and the West Indies has been put under "special swine flu surveillance".

The move is taken in view of the H1N1 virus spread in Jamaica.

Jamaican Health Minister Ruddy Spencer has ordered for special measures to prevent the spread of H1N1 virus at events where the public gathers in large numbers, including the four-match ODI series.

Teams comprising more than 40 individuals will be assigned for the surveillance work during each match of the ODI series.

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Such surveillance has also been ordered for the National Athletics Championships starting on Saturday.

"So cricketers, those of you who like cricket go to cricket. But if you have flu like symptoms you should stay home and if you go there and there are people there with flu like symptoms you should stay away from those people," Spencer said.

"There are National Track trials on Saturday, we will be there. Over four dozen health workers will be there to ensure that the country is protected," he said.

There have so far been 21 cases of H1N1 in Jamaica. India will play their second ODI here on June 28 while the third and fourth matches are scheduled at St Lucia on July 3 and 5.

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