Three more die of swine flu in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 19:39 IST

With three more deaths due to swine flu on Saturday, the total H1N1 toll in MP's capital has gone up to 57.

The swine flu situation continues to be grim in the state as reflected by the fact that out of 62 samples sent for confirmation, 21 have tested positive for the flu. This means one-third of the patients with swine flu-like symptoms actually carried the H1N1 virus.

Chief medical and health officer, Bhopal, Veena Sinha attributed continued casualties and large-scale H1N1 infection to frequent change in weather. "The situation was improving as summer seemed to have arrived but then there was rainfall and consequent slump in temperatures, which worsened the situation again."

So far, 1,478 suspected swine flu patients have visited various hospitals and clinics in the city for treatment. A total of 489 patients have tested positive and 57 casualties have been reported due to swine flu. On Saturday, 23 samples were sent for confirmation to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and 20 more to a lab in Gwalior.

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