Swine Flu: 4 New Deaths Take Telangana Death Toll to 27

With 4 more deaths, the death toll of swine flu has reached 27 and its sibling state Andhra Pradesh reported another three in the current outbreak of the highly contagious disease that originated here but spreading fast all over the country, including Tamil Nadu in the south and Haryana in the north.

The latest reported deaths came from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, three from the government-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad and one woman from Ongole in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.

With this, the toll in Telangana rose to 27 in 2015 and in neighboring state to three in January.

Two women were among the three people who died at Gandhi Hospital, which is the state nodal centre for swine flu in Telangana and one of the woman was a 35-year-old pregnant.

A woman receives a vaccine injection against H1N1 virus free of charge in Mexico City. (IANS)

A woman receives a vaccine injection against H1N1 virus free of charge in Mexico City. (IANS)

Doctors said 35 people including 12 children are undergoing treatment at the hospital.The medical and health department, in its bulletin, said out of 107 samples tested for H1N1 virus Friday, 26 were found positive.

The number of positive cases reported in the last six days are however showing a declining trend. The number has come down from 49 to 26.

During January, 1,581 samples were tested and 549 were tested positive.Andhra Pradesh reported a suspected swine flu death Saturday. An elderly woman died at a hospital in Ongole, taking the toll in the state to three.

However, Health Minister K. Srinivas Rao put the toll at two. He said so far 32 cases were reported from 13 districts.

The minister said in a statement that the health authorities remain on alert and are taking all steps to prevent the spread of swine flu. He said with the rise in temperature, the number of cases is coming down.

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