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Swine flu death toll crosses the 100 mark in Pune

Pune Municipal Corporation has registered 108 deaths till October 3

pune Updated: Oct 04, 2017 15:50 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Rising swine flu cases have prompted the health department to make vaccines available in the PMC hospitals in the city.
Rising swine flu cases have prompted the health department to make vaccines available in the PMC hospitals in the city.(HT FILE)

As against 10 swine flu deaths registered in Pune city last year, the total number of deaths due to H1N1 registered this year has already crossed the 100 mark.

According to Dr Anjali Sabne, assistant health officer at Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) health department, a total of 108 deaths due to H1N1 has been registered by the PMC during the nine-month period this year.

PMC data indicates that last year the total deaths due to swine flu were just 10 throughout the year while this year the deaths have increased ten-folds. Speaking to Hindustan Times about the sudden increase in the number of cases and deaths due to swine flu, Dr Sabne said, “It has been observed that H1N1 virus is more active during alternate years. Hence, last year there were fewer cases of swine flu and the number of deaths were also much less. But, in 2015, the cases of swine flu and related deaths were comparable to this year.”

In 2016, 29 people tested positive for swine flu while the deaths registered were just 10. In 2015, this number was much higher. Till August 2015, 49 swine flu deaths were registered in Pune city and another 40 in Pune rural. In 2017, as of October 3, a total of 655 people have tested positive to H1N1. So far, 108 have lost their lives due to swine flu and 29 are still on ventilator.

The rising swine flu cases have prompted the health department to make vaccines available in the PMC hospitals in the city. Officials from PMC’s health department said that swine flu vaccines have been made available in 11 PMC-run hospitals across the city.