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Many Indian states on Swine flu's radar as number of case increase

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma has instructed officials to take action against staff absent from duty. The government has also started a screening campaign for the disease where a door-to-door survey is being conducted to identify patients with swine flu-like symptoms.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 23 Jan 2019 7:35 AM GMT

Many Indian states on Swine flus radar as number of case increase
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New Delhi: Swine flu is posing serious threats to the health of people all around the country. With 49 swine flu deaths and 1,694 cases reported in just 15 days from January 1-13 as per data released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), several States are on alert.

Though, accurate data is not available nationally, however, according to data available with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme until January 13 this year, 49 people have died of the disease across the country, while 1,694 cases were reported.

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Rajasthan topped the list with 31 deaths. Punjab witnessed six deaths . Gujarat, which borders Rajasthan, reported 128 cases and two deaths. In 2018, 14,992 cases and 1,103 deaths were reported in the country.

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma has instructed officials to take action against staff absent from duty. The government has also started a screening campaign for the disease where a door-to-door survey is being conducted to identify patients with swine flu-like symptoms.

Within Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the worst affected accounting for 20 deaths this year.

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While the Rajasthan health department has reported that the number of cases in the State has crossed 1,000 with more than 200 people having died in the past 13 months, the Union Health Ministry has said that there is no cause for panic and that the situation is being closely monitored.

The H1N1 virus also known as swine flu, is taking its toll on patients as the disease has become sporadic and costing lives of patients all around the country.

Recently, BJP chief Amit Shah was also treated with the infectious disease.

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Saima Siddiqui

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