Swine flu scare grips India's capital as 11 deaths reported in January

Swine flu scare grips India's capital as 11 deaths reported in January

Last year, the country reported 14,992 cases and 1,103 deaths due to the flu.

With the number of swine flu cases soaring to 617 in the city, Delhi's health department has directed all hospitals to procure logistics required to ensure the continuous supply of medicine, vaccine and kits.

Some 76 people have died after contracting the virus, accounting for more than a third of all Swine flu deaths this year. Other schools have sent out advisories to parents concerning the spread of the disease.

A decade ago in 2009, scientists recognized a particular strain of flu virus known as H1N1 - a combination of viruses from pigs, birds and humans. The RML has witnessed nine deaths, of which 8 people belonged to Delhi and one hailed from Haryana.

The government of Delhi has issued an advisory as the numbers of cases are rising in Swine Flu. No death has been reported due to the infection in the national capital so far, according to the health ministry data. Persons who lost their lives due to complications from swine flu at the State-run Hospital were aged between 45 years and 65 years, pregnant women and children with compromised immunity.

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Rajasthan is just a snapshot of the overall picture in India however, as this year there have already been 4,571 confirmed cases and 169 deaths from H1N1 by January 27.

Four deaths were reported on Monday with two in the Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation area and one each in Botad and Amreli. Maharashtra has reported 12 deaths and has 82 people positive.

Its symptoms included flu, cough, sore throat, fever, headache, body pain, diarrhea and vomiting, he said, adding some patients suffered from acute respiratory distress and needed ventilatory support.

The H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, has killed seven adults in Mongolia since the beginning of this year, the country's health minister said on Tuesday.

Wash your hands with soap, contain those coughs and sneezes, and stay safe!

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