India records four fresh cases of swine flu

India registered on Friday four fresh cases of swine flu, two in the national capital New Delhi and two in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

India registered on Friday four fresh cases of swine flu, two in the national capital New Delhi and two in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

NEW DELHI - India registered on Friday four fresh cases of swine flu, two in the national capital New Delhi and two in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, health officials have said.

Two women from New Delhi tested positive for the deadly H1N1 virus and were admitted to two city hospitals, Charan Singh, a senior public health officer, said. 

“The 35-year-old woman is admitted to a private hospital in Kalkaji while the 53-year-old is admitted to Fortis in Vasant Kunj,” Singh was quoted by Press Trust of India as saying. 

According to Dr. Subhakar, a health officer in the southern city of Hyderabad, two women from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana tested positive for the H1N1 virus, TV channel Zee News reported on Friday. 

Federal home minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said on Friday that alarm bells have started ringing in New Delhi too but there is no need to panic.

“The health department is fully equipped and prepared to handle swine flu,” Nadda told reporters on Friday.

“We are monitoring the situation and all arrangements are in place,” he said.

Nadda said that 17 government hospitals have requisite medical facilities to deal with the swine flu. 

He appealed to people to observe cleanliness to counter the disease. 

The health ministry has designated both government and private laboratories to detect the H1N1 virus. 

Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, two southern states, have registered 22 cases of the H1N1 virus in the month of December alone. Over 90 swine flu cases were recorded in the two states in 2014.

A 21-year-old woman died on Wednesday in Hyderabad city, the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The woman, nine-months pregnant, died at the city’s Osmania hospital. 

New Delhi registered its first swine flu death last Friday when a 51-year old woman succumbed to the disease at a private hospital. 

According to the Indian Medical Association, swine flu killed 11 people, 10 in Hyderabad city and one in New Delhi. 

The association issued on Thursday a set of guidelines asking people not to neglect minor cases of fever with breathlessness.

“The matter is important as the current seasonal influenza vaccines are not expected to provide protection against human infection with avian or swine flu viruses,” the organization said in a statement. 

Swine flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems.  

The sudden increase in the number of swine flu cases has brought back the memories of the deadly virus when it killed over 1,800 people in the country in the year 2009-2010.

Another H1N1 outbreak killed close to 600 people in 2013.

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