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344 Swine flu deaths in country this year

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New Delhi: Swine flu claimed 344 lives this year even though the pandemic has subsided in the country, Union Health Ministry told the Lok Sabha on Friday. In a written reply to a question in the House, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said according to WHO, the infection has moved into post-pandemic period and is now circulating as seasonal influenza.

“The pandemic of Influenza A H1N1 has subsided. According to WHO, it has moved into post-pandemic period. The pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus is now circulating as seasonal influenza A H1N1 virus and sporadic outbreaks are reported from across the country,” Azad said. He also gave the figures related to number of swine flu cases and deaths thereupon in the country during the present year. Total 4,568 cases of swine flu were registered in the country this year, with the highest number of 1493 infections being reported from Maharashtra. Karnataka and Kerala witnessed 810 and 619 cases of infection.

The National Capital recorded 72 cases with only one death from January to November this year. Maharashtra also reported maximum number of 125 deaths, followed by 44 fatalities in Karnataka. In Kerala, 14 people died because of the infection.33 people died in Andhra Pradesh where 310 cases of infections were reported this year. (PTI)

 

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