Published On: Sat, Feb 21st, 2015

Panic in India as swine flu spreads

New Delhi: Fear of swine flu is running rampant in India as the number of deaths 774 today, with 31 more people succumbing to the disease.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda

Union Health Minister J P Nadda

Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra and Telangana witnessed a rise in number of swine flu cases and the figure of those infected with H1N1 virus stands at 13,000 till date, according to Union Health Ministry.

The outbreak of H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, is believed to be the India’s worst since 2009, infections have seemed to gain momentum over the last week, with the total number of cases doubling since February 11.

Elderly people, young children, pregnant women, diabetics, and HIV patients are most likely to develop complications from H1N1 infections.

The Central government has taken all necessary steps to deal with swine flu, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said today at Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Arrangements for vaccines and necessary treatment to deal with swine flu are available at district hospitals all over the country, he also told reporters.

All those showing signs of these disease should promptly contact the district hospitals, he said, adding that directives have also been issued to officials to remain alert to deal with them.

TST

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