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Swine Flu Situation worsens in Delhi

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TNI Bureau: Swine Flu has made a comeback in January by hitting North India hard. After detection of at least 21 cases yesterday, where the people tested positive for Swine Flu or H1N1 infection, Delhi can be said to have entrapped again with the dreadful disease.

According to media reports, at least three death cases have been so far registered due to H1N1 influenza this year. The report is backed by the senior official of state health ministry.

Yesterday, Twenty-one people tested positive for swine flu and these cases were reported from Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and Lok Nayak hospitals and Max hospital in Saket, Apollo hospital in Sarita Vihar, Fortis Hospital of Vasant Kunj and Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital in Ghaziabad have registered one case each.  Out of the 21 cases, seven patients are taking treatment at home as per reports.

As a precautionary measure, Delhi government has designated 22 hospitals, including five private ones, for treatment of swine flu. Health minister A K Walia said the hospitals had enough stock of Tamiflu and isolation wards.

Besides that, the facilities to carry out test for H1N1 cases are available at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Patel Chest Institute and five private laboratories as per the Health Minister.

H1N1 influenza or swine flu can be treated with Tamiflu and preventive vaccinations. The disease is visiting Delhi every year since 2009. In 2010 1,035 people had died and more than 10,000 were infected in the country.

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