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Swine flu killed more than 2,000 people in India in 2017, says govt

The government said 38,220 swine flu cases were recorded and 2,186 deaths till November 26.

health Updated: Dec 18, 2017 23:24 IST
A ward for swine flu at a hospital in Ghaziabad. (HT file photo)
A ward for swine flu at a hospital in Ghaziabad. (HT file photo)

Swine flu claimed 2,186 lives and affected 38,220 people across India this year till November 26, the government said.

Maharashta recorded 752 deaths, the highest number of fatalities due to the deadly virus in the period, according to a data shared by Union minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

A total of 38,220 cases were recorded till November 26 and 2,186 deaths this year. Twelve deaths due to swine flu occurred in Delhi, as per the data.

The central government was closely monitoring the situation and was in regular touch with the states on the issue.

The drug for seasonal influenza H1N1 (swine flu) Oseltamivir tablets and suspension are procured by states.

However, in case of a shortage of drug in the state, the same was also provided by the Centre, she said.