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Marathon Runner OP Jaisha tests positive for H1N1 virus after Sudha Singh
Days after Sudha Singh - an athlete who was found to be suffering from H1N1 or swine flu, another Olympian OP Jaisha who had returned last week from Rio with fever and body ache, has been hospitalised after testing positive with the same.

"Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru with fever and bodyache, has been hospitalised at the Fortis hospital at Bannerghatta, as per the information I have received so far from SAI doctors," said Sports Authority of India Regional director Shyam Sunder as per a report in News 18.

Jaisha had participated in the women's marathon at Rio Olympics. Initially, SAI authorities had a tough time convincing athletes to get their blood samples tested at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD). However, Jaisha agreed to get tested following another round of convincing from state health officials.

"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," he said.

However, Jaisha stayed in Bengaluru and "finally, after she was located yesterday, the state health officials visited her and convinced her to get her blood samples tested," he said. The results of the samples sent to RGICD tested positive for H1N1, added Sunder.

The first athlete to have tested positive for H1N1 is Sudha Singh. She has been admitted to the hospital since August 20, ever since she came from Rio. Sudha, who took part in the steeplechase competition at Rio, is undergoing treatment and medication.

Sudha beat the national record in women's 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth in the second leg of the famed Diamond League Meet in Shanghai, in May. The athlete had qualified for Rio Games during the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi in April.

An advisory was issued by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) before the commencement of the Rio Olympics to all the athletes and support staff considering the presence of Zika virus in Brazil. Mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause crippling birth defects and affect the neurological system badly.

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