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Friday, July 5, 2013

India : 84 in state die of H1N1 in 6 months

Via Times of India :

" Swine flu has claimed as many as 84 lives in the state in the last six months.

Though only one person from Mira Road-Bhayander and one from Thane succumbed to H1N1 influenza this year, experts fear that more Mumbaikars may fall victim as hundreds from the city travel every day to Pune and Nashik, which have recorded seven and 15 deaths so far. Pimpri Chinchwad tops the list of areas with maximum swine flu deaths, recording a toll of 18. Last year, 135 people from the state died of H1N1.

State health officials feel most of the deaths were due to negligence on the part of patients or that some of them had a medical history, like respiratory problems and high BP, which worsened their condition.The swine flu has reared its ugly head in Maharashtra with vengeance. As many as 84 persons succumbed to H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu between January and June 2013. According to official statistics available with TOI, 18 people died in Pimpri Chinchwad, seven in Pune rural, and 15 in Nashik. Correspondingly 135 people died due to swine flu between January and December 2012."

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