Swine flu kills two more, toll touches 17 in Saurashtra

Alicia Farmer
February 2, 2019

According to a senior health ministry official, Rajasthan has recorded 1,976 cases of swine flu and 76 deaths till Tuesday. Pigs transmit influenza viruses to people - mainly to hog farmers and veterinarians - and less often, the flu passes the infection to others.

Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has started vaccination of its medical and non medical staff against swine flu (H1N1) in wake of increasing number of cases and patients' admission in the hospital.

"Fortunately, there have been no reports of any deaths of children due to the flu and flu-like illness, including the H1N1 flu virus", Sarangerel said.

According to reports, as of January 29, 2019, over 600 people have been diagnosed with swine flu in Delhi.

According to the government, no deaths have been reported in the city so far. The health department said that 334 swine flu patients had recovered after treatment, while 298 others are under treatment.

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Rajkot district has also been reporting high numbers with two cases reported in Rajkot and one case reported in the Rajkot Municipal Corporation area on Monday. "Though RML and Safdarjung are Centre-run hospitals, they submit their data to the Delhi government". Whereas, 11 deaths were registered due to swine flu from two big hospitals from Delhi, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Safdarjung Hospital.

Punjab has reported 27 deaths and 174 cases, followed by Haryana which recorded eight deaths and 372 cases.

The recent figures are over double what was recorded past year, with 750 cases reported in January 2018. Hyderabad reported 2 deaths out of the 16 people who tested positive for the disease. While the number of H1N1 cases have seen a spike since the disease broke out across the country in 2015 when at least 42,592 cases were reported.

The initial symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, running nose, and sometimes vomiting of diarrhea. Please shed the myth - you can't catch swine flu from eating pork.

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