After athlete Sudha Singh tested positive for H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu on her return from Rio, marathoner O P Jaisha too has been diagnosed with the same. Jaisha who had fainted at the finishing line after completing her race had earlier in this week alleged that she was not provided with water and energy drinks during her race due to which she “almost died”. The athlete complained of body ache and fever when she arrived in Bengaluru from the games. A national record holder, Jaisha had fainted after completing the race in 89th position with a timing of 2:47:19.
“Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru with fever and body ache, has been hospitalised at the Fortis hospital at Bannerghatta, as per the information I had received so far from SAI doctors,” Sports Authority of India Regional director Shyam Sunder told PTI.
On Wednesday, SAI officials along with doctors from the state health department convinced her to submit her blood samples after which she was admitted in the hospital. It is also reported that Jaisha hasn’t recovered from dehydration and cough ever since she returned.
“It was an arduous task to convince Jaisha to get her blood samples tested at the virology institute. She ignored our counselling and moved out of the SAI premises on August 21 after applying for leave,” added Sunder.
Sudha Singh was the first athlete to have been tested H1N1 positive and has been hospitalized since August 20. Sudha, when she arrived from Rio, was undergoing treatment and medication for suspected Zika virus. She had participated
in the steeplechase competition at Rio.