Swine Flu death toll rises above 1,000 in India.

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What is Swine flu?

This is a respiratory disease which is caused by a strain of influenza type A virus known to be H1N1
This disease first originated in pigs, but as of today its now a human disease which can be spread by coughing and sneezing with symptoms similar to those produced by standard, seasonal flu; fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills.

India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months, said an official report on Wednesday.

With the last few weeks said to have seen the highest number of fatalities, at 342.

A total of 22,186 cases have been reported across the country.
with the number of deaths this year said to be four times more than fatalities recorded over the equivalent period in 2016, which itself saw a dip in occurrences of the disease.

 

With the western state of Maharashtra said to be the worst affected, where the death toll stands at 437,but according to data revealed by the Union Health Ministry. Neighbouring Gujarat is said to follow closely with 297 deaths, reported by the news agency PTI.

Death toll rises as swine flu kills 1,000 and more in india

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India has experienced a severe swine flu wave two years ago, when health officials scrambled to contain an outbreak which killed more than 1,900 people. While in 2016 saw a dip in recorded deaths (265) and affected cases (1,786), with the numbers for this year indicating a resurgence of the disease.

India has seen its most crippling outbreak as a country in the pandemic years of 2009-2010, when the virus affected around 50,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 2,700 across the country.

According to the BBC Dr Sanjay Gururaj,a medical director at Shanthi Hospital, a private clinic, said that it was not mandatory for a private hospital to report its numbers to the government’s database. “The numbers in the official report are possibly just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

 

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