H1N1 cases in Maha from Jan-March this year most since 2010

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Priyanka Vora [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MUMBAI: Ma­ha­rash­tra has wit­nessed more swine flu cases and deaths in the first three months of this year as against the same pe­riod in the past five years. The num­ber of cases (4,625) is more than dou­ble those re­ported be­tween 2010 and 2014 put to­gether (1,978). There have been 416 deaths, which is also the high­est since 2010.

Be­fore this year, in 2010, when the dis­ease was at its peak, there were 1,426 swine flu cases and 147 deaths re­ported across the state.

Public health ex­perts said the record num­ber this year is sur­pris­ing. “This pe­riod [Jan­uary to March] is not con­sid­ered con­ducive for the trans­mis­sion of H1N1 virus. But if you look at the lat­est fig­ures, this view does not hold true. The virus is get­ting smarter and sur­viv­ing in dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions,” said Dr Pratit Sam­dani, physi­cian, Breach Candy Hos­pi­tal.

The WHO had de­clared swine flu a public health emer­gency and called it a pan­demic (af­fected coun­tries and con­ti­nents at the same time) in 2009, when 5,278 cases and 268 deaths were recorded in the state. In In­dia, the first case was re­ported in Hy­der­abad in May 2009.

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