Dengue and swine flu on rise: 542 deaths due to swine flu and 6,803 cases so far

Meanwhile, Dengue cases crossed the 1,000-mark in Delhi this season, with nearly 540 people being diagnosed with the vector-borne disease in October only, according to a municipal report released Monday

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New Delhi: As many as 542 people have died of swine flu so far this year, with Maharashtra alone accounting for almost 50% of fatalities. Maharashtra recorded 217 deaths out of 1,793 cases reported till 14 October, said a government official.

It was followed by Rajasthan where 191 people succumbed to H1N1 complications out of 1,912 cases during the same period.

In Gujarat, 45 persons died out of 1,478 reported cases, the official said.

The country has registered 6,803 swine-flu cases so far this year as compared to 38,811 cases reported last year. Last year, 2,270 people had died due to the H1N1 infections.

Delhi has recorded one death and 111 cases till 12 October, the official said.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda recently reviewed the seasonal influenza outbreak situation in the country.

The reports on cases and deaths of influenza A (H1N1) are based on the reports received from states/UTs to Central Surveillance Unit, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Meanwhile, Dengue cases crossed the 1,000-mark in Delhi this season, with nearly 540 people being diagnosed with the vector-borne disease in October only, according to a municipal report released Monday.

Also, 411 cases of malaria and 109 of chikungunya have been reported this season till 20 October, the report said.

The report says at least 539 of the dengue cases came to light in the first three weeks of October, which accounts for over 52% of the total cases reported this season.

A senior doctor at a government-run facility advised people to take all precautions like wearing full-sleeves and not allowing the breeding of mosquito larvae inside their homes.

“Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot. Mosquito nets should be used at home,” the doctor said.

The cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city last year.