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Saturday, August 3, 2013

India : Spike in swine flu cases worries Delhi doctors

Via The Hindu :

" Amid a rise in seasonal diseases in the city, doctors here claim that the most worrying trend is the increase in H1N1 (swine flu) cases. The virus seems to have returned to haunt the Capital after a lull of a few years.

According to Central government figures, Delhi has recorded 1,507 cases (as on July 26, 2013) and 16 deaths. The disease had last created a panic-like situation in Delhi in 2009-10.

Talking about the preparations, Delhi Health Minister A. K. Walia said: “We are concerned about the situation and are putting in place some measures to ensure that the rise is controlled. All city hospitals have been asked to follow the H1N1 protocol, including ensuring isolation wards with dedicated staff for patients coming in with the flu. The State government is also looking at ensuring enough supply and availability of Tamiflu at all centres”.

Doctors in the city have confirmed that they have been seeing cases of swine flu since early this year.

Swine flu was at its most virulent form in the country when it spread in 2009. Till May 2010, 1,035 people had died of the disease in India and more than 10,000 were infected."

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