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Guj to find out ecological factors related to swine flu spread

PTI  Ahmedabad, March 04, 2013
First Published: 12:29 IST(4/3/2013) | Last Updated: 12:31 IST(4/3/2013)

In view of the alarming rise in the number of swine flu deaths in the state, Gujarat government has decided to study the ecological reasons responsible for the spread of the virus.


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As many as 25 medical teams have been constituted which would visit various parts of the state.

"Each team would prepare a comprehensive, comparative report on flu-prone and non flu-prone regions, helping identify the basic principles behind the transmission of the virus, such as interplay of humidity, rainfall and low temperature," said Dinkar Raval, deputy director (Epidemics) and the state nodal officer for swine flu.

Of the 65 persons who died of swine flu this year, Raval said, 25% were pregnant women, 15% were diabetics and 10% were patients with major chest illnesses.

The medical teams will be headed by the heads of the departments of preventive and social medicine at the five state-run medical colleges. Other members will be an assistant professor of the department, Information Education Communication (IEC) specialist, district Epidemiologist and a public health supervisor.

"The team will also study whether doctors are aware of the latest modalities of the treatment," he said.


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