88 swine flu cases re­ported

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - T H E D E A D LY

H1N1 in­fluenza virus has re­turned and con­tin­ues to spread across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. At least 88 pos­i­tive cases of swine flu were re­ported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Though deaths due to swine flu have not been con­firmed yet, it is sus­pected that eight to 10 peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the two south­ern states, have died so far.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data, Delhi has had 43 con­firmed cases of swine flu, five of them since Jan­uary 1, 2015. The In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (IMA) said that swine flu has not taken epi­demic pro­por­tion yet, un­like last year. In the last win­ter sea­son, Delhi alone re­ported 16 deaths. The IMA said the rise in cases in three weeks should call for im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

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