Odisha swine flu toll rises to six


An epidemic of swine flu on Friday claimed two more lives in Odisha, taking the toll in the state to six, officials said.

"The situation is completely under control and there is no need to panic".

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said 753 cases of swine flu (influenza H1N1) were reported between January 1 and August 6, adding that enough stocks of medicine were available to tackle the disease. More than 100 people have been affected by swine flu, while around 370 people are suffering from dengue.

The secondary infection rate among those close to the patients with H1N1 is not high as infections of health staff and families have remained low and there is no report of the large-scale outbreaks outside Chin State. But general public is advised not to take vaccines without consulting doctors.

Earlier, first dengue death in the state was reported from the SCB Medical College and Hospital on August 9.

The number is far less than past year when eight people had died of dengue while almost 4,000 positive cases were reported, he added. In state there were 131 samples of najal-swab were tested and of them 24 tested positive. Many patients are from outside as per the district health authorities. A person undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack succumbed to Swine flu late last night, informed the swine flu nodal office of the hospital.

When contacted Dr Sudhir Jaisani, Chief Medical & Health Officer, said no test report of swine flu patients was received but 13 samples of swine flu suspected patients were sent to Virology Lab for testing.