Olympic Athlete Sudha Singh Tested Positive For Swine Flu Upon Rio Return

India’s Olympic athlete Sudha Singh, who has been suffering from fever, body ache, and dehydration has been tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus.

H1N1 or swine flu tends to infect people when their immunity levels are down and the doctors believe as these athletes have been training rigorously for past several months she got infected by it.


Sudha had competed in the 3000-metre steeplechase event in the Rio Olympics and reported ill on return.

While many feared that Sudha was suffering from the Zika virus but her tests came out negative.


Since her return from Rio, Sudha has been admitted to an isolation room at the Sports Authority of India Hospital.

The hospital officials have been  following her illness closely as two other athletes had reported similar but milder symptoms.

The other athletes, Kavita Raut, and O P Jaisha, though have recovered on their own.


Long Distance runner Kavita Raut. Getty

Long Distance runner Kavita Raut. Getty

According to Dr. Harshvardhan, who is the deputy director for disease surveillance in Karnataka, there is nothing to be worried about as “these viruses have become quite common now” and are “like the common influenza virus.”

For now, the doctors have recommended monitoring all athletes and delegates who went to Rio for 15 days so they can be treated early in case they develop flu symptoms.

Dr. Harshvardhan further added that mortality is low if the infection is treated early and Sudha is recovering well from her illness because she was provided proper care at a very early stage of infection.

They further added that she could be discharged in next two to three days time.


As a precaution people who came in contact with Sudha have also been given prophylactic treatment.

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