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A total of 41 pregnant women succumbed to the H1N1 virus in 2009-10. The number rose to 96 in 2010-11, there was no death in 2011-12 and there were 17 till December 2012. Diabetes and hypertension are among co-morbid conditions that place people with these ailments at high risk.
While there were 37 persons with hypertension and 31 diabetics who succumbed to swine flu in 2009-10, there were 48 with hypertension and 41 with diabetes who died due to H1N1 virus in 2010-11. In 2011-12 there were two patients each with hypertension and diabetes who died of swine flu. Until December 2012 there were 12 persons with hypertension and 22 diabetics who died due to swine flu.
Age break-up of victims
Young patients in the age group 21- 40 formed a large chunk of those who died of swine flu since 2009. While 135 who succumbed to the virus in 2009-10 were in the age group of 21-30 years, 86 were in the age group 31-40. In 2010-11, the deaths climbed to 163 in the 21-30 age group and 109 in the 31-40 age group. The number climbed down to just three in 2011-12. Until December 2012 there were 27 persons in the age group of 21-30 and 22 in the age group of 31-40 who died of the virus.