Swine flu outbreak: all you need to know

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Summary: The first death due to swine flu was that of a senior citizen, Motilal, and the second death was a middle-aged woman named Seema Chauhan.

In 2017, since January, 45% of the H1N1 casualties, out of the total number, have been contributed by Maharashtra.

Almost 1,100 people in India have been victimized and killed due to swine flu in the country, says a report.

On Wednesday evening, he died and it was also confirmed by the district health department of Ghaziabad."His sample was sent to NCDC and they confirmed that the sample tested positive for swine flu".

As per reports, the H1N1 strain that is in circulation this year is of MI strain. "Earlier, it was mostly the California strain", NCDC director Dr A C Dhariwal told TOI.

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As reported by the Times of India, the toll has risen multifold this year from that recorded in 2009-10, which was the worst year in the history of swine flu in India. Reports say that most deaths were in the working age group of 25-50 years.

Gujarat too is reeling under one of the worst outbreaks of the flu recording 4,741 cases, with a mortality rate of 7.23%. From 25 H1N1 deaths recorded in the whole of 2016, fatalities in the state have jumped almost 75-fold this year. The state's H1N1 toll for all of 2016 was 25.

Reportedly, Himachal Pradesh has witnessed 27 deaths, 31 fatalities have been reported from Punjab and there have been at least 23 deaths in Madhya Pradesh. An alarming 152 deaths in the past fortnight alone triggered a panic even as government declared that the deaths were due to a "seasonal flu".

In 2016, the number of swine flu cases in Telangana was 173, while the number, as on August 28, had already reached 1,704.

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