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Swine flu claims 250 lives in country this year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has so far claimed over 250 lives in the country this year so far with 30 more deaths due to the being reported in last three days till Thursday.

has recorded the maximum 96 deaths and 2,706 H1N1 virus cases till Thursday, followed by which recorded 54 deaths and 1,187 cases, according to a Union ministry data.

has reported 30 deaths and 301 cases while reported 16 deaths and 81 cases. has recorded 13 deaths and 197 cases.

Delhi, which till January 28 was third in the number of cases recorded after and Gujarat, is now in the second position in terms of cases registering 1,409 cases and six deaths so far.

According to a report of the of Services, Delhi, six people died of swine flu in the national capital this year and of them one belonged to the national capital and the rest from other places.

and Telangana recorded 589 and 390 swine flu cases and both reported two deaths due to the

With the number of swine flu cases going up, the ministry has asked the states to bolster their surveillance for early detection of the and also keep beds reserved in hospitals to deal with acute cases which require ventilator facility.

States have also been advised to involve district collectors in enhancing public awareness and outbreak response, a health ministry statement said.

The guidelines for and the details of manufacturers of vaccine provided by of have been shared with all states. Communication material for preventive measures has also been shared. Video conferences are being held regularly to monitor the situation.

Advisory for preparedness to seasonal A (H1N1) was issued and the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and its state units have enhanced surveillance for like (ILI) and (SARI).

The of has been asked to coordinate with drug manufacturers and monitor the availability of Oseltamivir, the recommended by WHO, in various states.

The health ministry has recommended for and other priority groups. The guidelines for influenza have been shared with all states.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:36 IST