Swine Flu Returns to Haunt India With 169 Deaths in 30 Days, Rajasthan Worst-Affected

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New Delhi: With hundreds of cases coming to light in the past one month, swine flu is again making headlines in the country. According to official data, at least 4,571 people – an average of 168 cases per day – have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus so far. Swine flu has claimed 169 lives across the country since the beginning of the year.

As per data compiled by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Rajasthan is the worst affected state with at least 1,856 (40%) of the total cases being reported from the state as of January 27. The state has witnessed 72 deaths in the past one month.

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Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the government has decided to make arrangements for swine flu testing in five new medical colleges, PTI reported.

In the national capital, as many as 479 cases have been registered since the beginning of the year.

The number of H1N1 cases had spike since the disease broke out across the country in 2015 when at least 42,592 cases were reported.

Last year as many as 14,992 people were diagnosed with the virus, resulting in 1,103 deaths.

Tamil Nadu was the most affected state in 2018 with 2,812 reported cases, while Gujarat accounted for the most number of swine flu cases in 2017 at 7,709.