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Swine Flu death doll across India jumps to 1,113: Report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 16, IRNA -- The death toll due to deadliest “Swine Flu” across India jumped to 1,113.

With Five swine flu deaths were recorded in India Friday, taking the toll so far to 1,113. Also 64 new cases were reported in the country, taking the number of people infected with the contagious virus to 28,111, health authorities said.

Three deaths were reported from Gujarat, where the casualties have now touched 173.

One death each was reported from the national capital and Maharashtra.

In the Indian capital, a 55-year-old woman died of swine flu Friday at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, taking the toll due to H1N1 virus to 89.

"A woman died at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital today. With this, the deaths from the swine flu infection in the city have reached 89," Anjana Prakash, assistant nodal officer for swine flu in the capital said.

There were four new cases of swine flu reported in Delhi. With the new infections, the total number of infections due to the pandemic has gone up to 9,584.

In Maharashtra - which reported the first death in the country Aug 3 - the toll has now gone up to 298 - the highest in the country. Also, 27 new cases were reported Friday in the state, taking the number of people infected with the virus to 4,848.

Also, new cases were reported from Karnataka (11), Gujarat (8), Rajasthan (2) and Goa (1).

Out of 64 cases reported during the day one is having history of foriegn travel and rest are indigenous cases.

On 14th January 2010, 16257 passengers have been screened at 13 Airports with 42 counters manned by 104 doctors and 72 paramedics. Total passengers screened till date is 10405405.

Till date, samples from 118979 persons have been tested for Influenza A H1N1 in Government Laboratories and a few private Laboratories across the country and 28111 (23.6 per cent) of them have been found positive.

Swine influenza is known to be caused by influenza A subtypes H1N1,[4] H1N2,[4] H3N1,[5] H3N2,[4] and H2N3.

It infects people every year and is found typically in those who have been in contact with pigs, although there have been cases of person-to-person transmission.

Its symptoms include fever, disorientation, stiffness of the joints, vomiting and loss of consciousness leading to death.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 900476



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