Six deaths take India’s swine flu toll to 93

August 30th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Six people died Sunday due to swine flu, including four in the worst-hit Maharashtra and one each in Gujarat and Kerala, taking India’s toll to 93, health ministry said.
Besides, 128 people were found positive to the influenza A (H1N1) virus. While Uttar Pradesh reported 27 fresh cases, 22 cases were detected in Delhi, 21 in Tamil Nadu, 17 in Karnataka and 10 in west Bengal.

With 128 new cases, India has reported 3,881 H1N1 positive cases since early May when the first case was reported from Hyderabad. Two of these new cases are imported, and the rest contracted the virus without any travel history.

Among the states, Maharashtra continued to top the chart both in terms of deaths and positive cases.

So far the state has reported 1,591 positive cases, of which 51 have succumbed to the disease. With 643 cases, Delhi is number two in terms of positive cases followed by Karnataka (430 cases). In terms of deaths the southern state stands second after Maharashtra.

According to the union health ministry, authorities are trying their best to control the spread of the disease.

“On Aug 29, 35,926 passengers were screened at 83 counters (at airports) mandated by 225 doctors and 172 paramedics,” the ministry said adding that so far over 5.3 million passengers have been screened in the country.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 209,438 lab-confirmed swine flu cases have been reported worldwide till Friday. About 2,100 people have died globally, mostly in Mexico and the US.

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