Swine flu: 36 more succumb to virus, death toll 1,041

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 11:01 IST

The swine flu epidemic has claimed the lives of 36 more people, taking the total death toll in the country to 1,041. The number of people affected by the virus also stands at 19,000 now.

Rajasthan and Gujarat have been the worst-hit states so far with 234 and 231 deaths respectively.

According to Skymet Meteorology Division in India, unusual weather conditions prevailing across the country have aggravated the situation and with the rainy days expected ahead, there is a possibility of steep rise in the numbers.

This has raised serious concerns over H1N1 influenza, as weather has played major role in intensifying the flu this season. In a bid to curtail spread of deadly virus, it is very necessary for temperatures to rise and drop in humidity levels, which is not expected to happen anytime soon.

Gujarat government has also imposed a ban on most public gatherings of five or more people in Ahmedabad in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu. Officials have also asked people to wear mask as precautionary measure.

Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. Symptoms for swine flu include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding.

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