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Swine flu grips Punjab, toll 27

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Published on February 04, 2019 with No Comments

Swine flu has tightened its grip over the state of Punjab, with a total of 188 confirmed cases reported so far.

As per the report prepared by the State’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, apart from 421 suspected cases, 188 confirmed cases of H1N1 have been reported. Besides, 27 deaths have been reported so far.

Chief Minister and Health Minister’s home district Patiala is the worst affected. In district-wise breakup, Patiala is worst hit with 32 confirmed cases and three deaths, followed by Ludhiana (25 and six), SAS Nagar (20 and one), Sangrur (17 and two), and Ropar (11 confirmed cases).

Besides, the Health Department has given flu treatment to over 2,000 people on the basis of symptoms, although no diagnosis was done.

Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said the outbreak of Influenza A (swine flu) was being reported in the entire country. “The northern states are seeking an upsurge due to continuing cold weather conditions,” he said. Last year, the state had witnessed 47 confirmed cases and 11 deaths, while in 2017, a total of 239 cases and 76 deaths were reported.


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