Swine flu toll rises to 31

June 16th, 2009 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 16 (ANI): The swine flu toll in India, has gone up to thirty one, with seven more cases reported from Punjab and one from Mumbai.

Seven of nine students of an educational institution in Jalandhar, Punjab, who recently visited NASA, as part of an academic tour, tested positive for swine flu yesterday evening at National Institution of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi.

With this Punjab has become the only state in India, where swine flu has affected in cluster.

The students are undergoing treatment at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai a 12-year-old girl who arrived from Thailand after a week long vacation was found to be suffering from fever and cough.

According to Maharshtra health authorities the girl has been quarantined as a precautionary measure in Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital. Her medical reports are expected soon.

In Andhra Pradesh, where the country’s highest number of cases of swine flu was reported, a help line system has been launched to provide information on swine flu symptoms and available medical facilities.

The help line system will work through the BSNL toll free no 12506. The state government will guide people on whom to contact for diagnosis and treatment, and has also launched an SMS facility. (ANI)

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