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Swine flu claims 15 lives in Pb, eight in Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Swine has claimed 15 lives in and eight in neighbouring this year, officials said Friday.

More than 270 patients were found affected by the in this year, said Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover, the state nodal officer for swine

"Fifteen people have died due to from January 1 until Thursday," Grover said.

He said 15 patients from across have died, but due to other ailments.

Amid the mounting cases of the in the state, the has set up isolation wards at three government medical colleges, 22 district hospitals and 41 sub-divisional hospitals. It has also announced free treatment for all suspected and confirmed cases.

minister Brahm Mohindra, who had recently held a high-level meeting with the senior officers of the department to review the state's preparedness, has been constantly monitoring the situation.

Grover said awareness drives are being carried out and officials are visiting various schools to educate students.

In neighbouring Haryana, eight persons have succumbed to so far this season.

"All the patients died in private hospitals," said Friday.

Seasonal (H1N1) is a self-limiting viral, spread from person-to-person, through large droplets generated through coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated or surface (fomite transmission like telephone, cell phones, computers, door handles, door bells, pens, toys etc) and close contact (including hand shaking, hugging, kissing), the advisory said.

The symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms may include body ache, headache, fatigue, chills, diarrhoea and and blood-stained sputum.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 18:40 IST