Track and field athlete Sudha Singh, who competed in the 3000 metre steeplechase event in the Rio Olympics and reported ill on her return to India has tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu. There were fears that Sudha was suffering from the Zika virus but she tested negative.
“Sudha Singh who has been undergoing treatment for a suspected Zika virus is suffering from H1N1, known as swine flu virus,” Dr Sarala of Sports Authority of India said.
Dr Sarala also said Sudha will be out of competitive action for the next two to three months, but subject to how fast she recovers from H1N1 virus infection. “It will take Sudha Singh two to three weeks to get discharged from the hospital, depending upon her health condition,” she said.
The Indian athlete Sudha Singh had fever, body ache, dehydration and was extremely fatigued following her return from Rio on August 18. She was admitted to an isolation room at a major hospital by Sports Authority of India officials following her illness. Two other athletes who reported similar but milder symptoms — Kavita Raut and O P Jaisha — had recovered on their own.
Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said the state government will bear the medical expenses of Sudha and wished her speedy recovery, according to a communique from chief minister Office.