Swine flu scare grips India's capital as 11 deaths reported in January

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However, not all are as lucky as Mr Shah when it comes to the promptness and quality of treatment received.

"Compiled report is shared with districts for timely surveillance activities and preventive measures", an official said.

Of the three swine flu deaths on Tuesday, two were reported in Vadodara city, and one in Bhavnagar city. The strain originated in pigs, but is now a human disease with symptoms similar to those of a seasonal flu.

Amid the increasing panic among people, forward messages saying the disease can be helped by Himalaya's Septilin have resurfaced.

A state health spokesman revealed more than 8,700 people were screened for H1N1 this year, and 1,976 had tested positive by Tuesday.

Rajasthan is just a snapshot of the overall picture in India however, as this year there have already been 4,571 confirmed cases and 169 deaths from H1N1 by January 27.

With the number of swine flu cases soaring to 617 in the city, Delhi's health department has directed all hospitals to procure logistics required to ensure the continuous supply of medicine, vaccine and kits. Maharashtra has recorded 82 cases and 12 deaths till Monday. However, we can not report them as swine flu cases as we do not test everyone.

Delhi government also has issued an advisory in view of the rising cases of swine flu.

This is far more than the 205 cases reported during entire 2018, the report said.

If you have any of the symptoms - fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, watery and red eyes, body aches, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting - and if you are pregnant or have a chronic disease (asthma, emphysema, diabetes or a heart condition) - please rush to the nearest healthcare centre and give a swab for testing. Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the government has decided to make arrangements for swine flu testing in five new medical colleges, PTI reported. Please shed the myth - you can't catch swine flu from eating pork.



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