Teaching was suspended on Tuesday at a top law institute which draws students from across India, officials said, as Rajasthan battled to combat the fast-spreading H1N1 virus which has claimed 179 lives this year.
Rajasthan is one of the worst hit states in the country and the death toll is the highest among all the states hit by the latest swine flu outbreak.
Sohanlal Sharma, the registrar of National Law University in Jodhpur said that classes have been suspended till March 1 after one of the students tested positive for swine flu, triggering panic in the campus.
The condition of the fifth-year student, identified only by his first name Akhilesh, is improving after he was treated for swine flu at the varsity’s clinic located within the campus, nearly 340 km from capital Jaipur.
“The students have not been asked to vacate the hostels but they can go on leave till March 1,” Sharma said.
Around 500 from different students are studying in the university, which has a residential campus.
Jodhpur district has recorded 18 deaths including a 70-year-old Swiss tourist who succumbed to the disease in the second week of February. On Tuesday, the toll touched 179 – the highest in six years – after three more people died in different places, health officials said, adding that over 3,000 people have been found H1N1 positive out of 7,435 samples tested.
Faced with mounting number of dead, health minister Rajendra Rathore asked people to seek medical advice at the first signs of flu symptoms.
The government has been saying that the high number of deaths was due to the fact that people were reporting at hospitals at an advanced stage of the flu. Ashok Panagariya, the chairman of the state level task force, said that a team of critical care experts will soon arrive in Jaipur, which has recorded the highest number of deaths in the state.