Sreesanth tests positive for swine flu

Punjab Cricket Association on Friday confirmed that India pacer S Sreesanth is suffering from swine flu.

updated: December 12, 2009 17:03 IST
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Indian pacer S Sreesanth is suffering from swine flu and will not play Saturday's Twenty20 International match against Sri Lanka in Mohali.

Sreesanth, who was admitted to the Fortis Hospital late on Thursday night with symptoms of H1N1, tested positive for the disease, said G S Walia, Joint Secretary of Punjab Cricket Association, in a statement.

Sreeshanth was admitted to the hospital December 10 at 11.30 pm and was attended to by the hospital physician Dr Vikas Bhutani prior to admission. Since he had persistent symptoms of cough, fever and body ache, his throat swab was sent for H1N1 testing and the report, which came in the evening, is positive, Walia said.

The cricketer, who missed the first Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka a few days ago, has been put on Tamiflu medications since then, he added.

"Sreesanth will remain in the hospital for a day or two. He is recovering well and all his vital signs are normal", said Walia.

Earlier in the day, Fortis Hospital Director Dr A R Banerjee had said Sreesanth was brought here last night with cough, sore throat and fever and samples had been taken for swine flu tests.

With the mercury dipping, Chandigarh in the past 10 days has seen a sharp increase in number of swine flu cases and has already registered 10 deaths.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni earlier said Sreesanth would miss Saturday's match because of "viral infection".

"Sreesanth has not recovered from viral infection," Dhoni told reporters.