India swine flu under control
India swine flu under control

Indias health ministry has said the current swine flu outbreak quotis well under controlquot and there is quotno reason to panicquot

The death toll in the outbreak in India since the beginning of March has risen above 20

Over 300 others have been infected with the virus and many of them admitted to hospitals

The cause of the sudden outbreak is not clear The virus killed more than 450 Indians when it first emerged in 2009

While declaring the pandemic to be over in August 2010 the World Health Organisation WHO had reported that the swine flu H1N1 virus quotwould take on the behaviour of seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to comequot the health ministry said in a statement

Hence local swine flu outbreaks with quotsignificant level of H1N1 transmission are expectedquot the release said

India had experienced quotmajor outbreaksquot of the flu between August and September 2010 and again from May to July in 2011

The ministry said there is an quotincreased number of casesquot of swine flu in March and April this year mainly from the states of Andhra Pradesh Maharashtra Rajasthan Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

quotSmall pockets of population who remained unexposed to the pandemic and susceptible would be affectedquot the statement said

Transmission was already on the decline with only 10 of the samples being tested at Indias National Institute of Virology testing positive for the virus down from 30 in the first week of March the statement said

More than 450 people died of swine flu in India when it first broke out in 2009 More than 13000 people were infected with the virus

The states with the highest number of swine flu deaths in 2009 included Maharashtra Karnataka and Gujarat

The virus is thought to have killed more than 1200 people around the world

The swine flu H1N1 virus first emerged in Mexico in April 2009 and has since spread to many countries

Date : 12 Apr, 2012
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