The state government on Wednesday has issued a circular to the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa asking it to be vigilant if any of their guests show symptoms of swine flu and report the matter to the nearest health authority.
“As far as foreign tourists are concerned, only charter flights from Russia and UK are left to arrive. However, there were several flights from the UK which arrived in between April 17 and April 20. Our concern is to ensure that none of them have carried the illness,” tourism director Swapnil Naik said.
Though the arrivals on these flights were low in numberaveraging 40 passengers per flight, the state government is concerned as Britain is among the countries where cases of swine flu have been reported.
The circular issued by the government through its tourism department has also asked hotels and guest houses to keep an eye on guests showing symptoms of swine flu. The circular states, Swine flu is an illness manifesting with respiratory symptoms like cough, sore throat, running nose along with fever. The virus which causes the flu is normally present among pigs, but has been found to have affected human beings. This in turn has even resulted in some deaths in Mexico. Swine flu has been reported from Mexico, USA, UK, Canada, Spain, France and New Zealand.’
The tourism department’s circular adds, If you find any person who has visited any of the above referred countries recently and if he/she is suffering from the above symptoms, the person may be requested to seek medical advice at the nearest health centre.’