Gujarat: Swine flu kills 12 people; death toll rises to 242

Gujarat: Swine flu kills 12 people; death toll rises to 242

In Surat district, a total of 45 positive cases of swine flu have been reported while in the city, the number is 178.

Of the 19,000 cases of swine flu reported between January 1 and August 13, 2017, most were reported in the western state of Maharashtra. Nikol is the most affected ward in the city due to H1N1 as total 114 cases have been reported including one death case.

However, despite the rising number of H1N1 cases, the number of deaths has remained significantly low.

According to reports, the deceased hailed from Balasore district. "Two patients were from Delhi and two from outside".

Publicity through various means like newspaper, Radio announcement, etc would be organized to create awareness and alert people on swine flu. The patients of this category should be isolated at home and there is no need of swine flu test and medication for the patient. "If any patient is facing normal viral infection they must not panic".

In Delhi, the spike in the cases at this time of the year has come as a surprise as swine flu usually peaks in the post monsoon and early winter. The high-risk groups include people with heart diseases, diabetics and kidney patients, senior citizen's, pregnant women and children below eight years of age. Due to this, the number of deaths due to swine flu have also shot up. While seven patients were undergoing treatment in private hospitals five are admitted to government hospitals. He suggested everyone to consult doctors if they have a suspicion about having infected with the swine flu H1N1 virus.