Swine flu claims 60 lives in India this month
PUNE/JAIPUR/HYDERABAD: There has been a sudden surge in the number of swine flu cases and fatalities as a result across the country in January, compared to sporadic cases of the disease last year.
Officials in Pune said 661 people were diagnosed with the deadly virus while 60 died of swine flu this month.
Telangana reported maximum cases (238) followed by Delhi (179), Gujarat (91), Rajasthan (67) and Maharashtra (42).
Rajasthan has been the worst hit, where the toll from swine flu mounted to 29 with two more deaths on Wednesday. Two men, aged 24 and 38, died in Jaipur and Ajmer while five tested positive.
In Ajmer, the health department was put on high alert and leaves of medical staff were cancelled after four deaths were reported from the city and nearby Nagaur district over last three days.
Hyderabad recorded four more swine flu deaths on Wednesday as toll from the disease mounted to 24 in January.
Authorities said the swine flu virus was now spreading to the interiors of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Experts say there is no real reason that explains resurgence of the swine flu virus – A (H1N1) pdm09.
“The pandemic activity of the virus was noted in 2013 and also in the summer of 2012, but it was almost absent in 2014,” National Institute of Virology (NIV)’s influenza research head Mandeep Chadha told TOI in Pune on Wednesday.