Swine Flu Death Toll Rises To 169; Over 4,500 Test Positive

Swine flu death toll rises to 169; over 4,500 test positive

Swine flu death toll rises to 169; over 4,500 test positive

However, there have been instances in the past years in Hyderabad when even in January there have been spurt in cases of swine flu across the State.

A swine flu outbreak in one of India's biggest tourist hubs, Rajasthan state in the west of the country, has killed 76 people this year, government officials said on Wednesday.

Advisories on the seasonal Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) have been prepared and issued for general public in leading newspapers.

Recently BJP president Amit Shah was hospitalised with swine flu. Pregnant women, children under five, the elderly and those with serious medical ailments and impaired immune systems are susceptible to the flu. "Cough hygiene and handwashing are the important precautions to be taken", he said.

"The symptoms include fever and cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing". The contagious virus spreads through saliva or mucus of the infected person.

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Congress leader and six-time former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was diagnosed positive for swine flu, was discharged on Tuesday.

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

A team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) arrived in Jodhpur on Tuesday and will spend two days to investigate the outbreak, the spokesperson said. "The compiled report is shared with districts for timely surveillance activities and preventive measure", the government said, adding that there had been 512 cases in Delhi so far of Seasonal Influenza till January 29.

A total of 169 people died in the country of swine flu according to NCDC.

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