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The H1N1 in­fluenza virus which en­tered the list of in­fec­tious dis­eases with a global pan­demic in 2009, has over­taken dengue and malaria to be­come the big­gest killer among sea­sonal ail­ments in Maharashtra. Since its ap­pear­ance, the vi­ral in­fec­tion has claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, about five times the fa­tal­i­ties caused by dengue and three times that of malaria in the same pe­riod. The vi­ral in­fec­tion is now next only to tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and AIDS in the state’s list of top con­ta­gious killer dis­eases. TB and AIDS to­gether are re­spon­si­ble for more than 10,000 deaths in the state an­nu­ally.

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