Two days after Olympian Sudha Singh was found to be suffering
from Swine Flu, another Indian athlete OP Jaisha, has now been diagnosed with same.
Jaisha, who like Sudha was taken ill upon return from Rio has been suffering from fever and body ache since last week.
File Photo of Sudha Singh and OP Jaisha. India.com
She on August 26 was hospitalised in Bengaluru after she too tested positive for the H1N1 virus. According to Sports Authority of India (SAI), Jaisha has been hospitalised at Bannerghatta’s Fortis Hospital and is now undergoing treatment.
Jaisha had competed in the women’s marathon event at the Rio Olympics and had fainted after she crossed the finish line.
According to SAI officials, it proved to be an “arduous task” to convince Jaisha to get her blood samples tested and took the state officials a lot of effort to convince her.
The officials further added that Jaisha ignored SAI’s counselling and preferred to move out of the SAI premises on 21 August after she applied for leave.
But instead of heading straight to her native state Kerala, Jaisha stayed back in Bengaluru and was not physically available to SAI health officials until August 25.
It was only then that the state health officials convinced her to get her blood samples tested which later came out positive for H1N1 virus.
Many had earlier feared that the athletes might have caught the Zika virus.
Before the commencement of the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had issued a detailed advisory to all the athletes and support staff in view of the Zika virus scare in Brazil. They had even made athletes aware that Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can cause crippling birth defects and adversely affects person’s neurological system.