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