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India's swine flu cases-tally is now 509

IANS  New Delhi, July 30, 2009
First Published: 20:51 IST(30/7/2009) | Last Updated: 20:52 IST(30/7/2009)
India continues to report fresh swine flu cases with 11 people including six children being detected with the virus on Thursday, taking the total number to 509, health officials said in New Delhi.


At least "2,326 people have been tested so far out of which 509 are positive for Influenza A. Of the 509 positive cases, 365 have been discharged," said an official statement issued in the Capital.

The new cases were reported from Delhi (4), Pune (3), Kozhikode (2), Cochin (1), and Hyderabad (1).

In Delhi, out of the four cases, three people, including two children aged 12, contracted the virus from a person who had the flu.

In Pune, all the three cases - all 11-year-olds - got the virus through those who had the flu. The same was reported in Hyderabad where a five-year-old boy contracted the virus.

As more swine flu cases continue to pour in, the government announced that two new health facilities, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), will also conduct the tests.

"We have not stopped the H1N1 testing as yet. Apart from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, two other institutes including AIIMS have been equipped to carry tests too," Health Secretary Naresh Dayal said.

The other institute is the Patel Chest institute in the capital.

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