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India: Swine Flu Kills Over A Thousand In 8 Months

India swine flu

The quantity of passings caused by swine flu in the nation has touched 1,094. Of this, 342 individuals have kicked the bucket because of the viral sickness in the previous three weeks. The most recent information on swine influenza, discharged by the Union wellbeing service on Wednesday , uncovers that Maharashtra and Gujarat are most exceedingly bad influenced by the viral flu with 437 and 269 passings, individually. States like Rajasthan, Kerala and Delhi have likewise detailed a high frequency of the sickness.

The H1N1 strain in circulation this year is different from that in previous years, Dr A C Dhariwal, director of NCDC, told TOI. “The virus in circulation this year is of the Michigan strain. Earlier, it was mostly the California strain,” Dhariwal said. He said the new strain could be a reason for the increased incidence and mortality, but it is yet to be proved scientifically . The AIIMS and Pune’s National Institute of Virologysaid the same thing.

Data on swine flu cases and deaths released by the government shows September and October are peak months for transmission of the viral influenza which took on epidemic proportions in 2009 and again peaked in 2015.

In Delhi, government data shows five people died of the viral illness and 1,719 people had been affected as on August 20. However, TOI checked with five top hospitals and found they had recorded more than 40 deaths. Union health ministry officials said under-reporting was a possibility . “Health is a state subject. We cannot do anything about it. The Centre only reports what the states tell us,” they clarified.

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