Swine flu killed 30 in Haryana since January

At least 30 people have died from swine flu in Haryana this year with 49 people diagnosed positive with H1N1 virus being quarantined at their homes across the state.

Since January 1, a total of 455 suspected cases have been tested, out of which, 198 cases have come out to be positive.

"A total of 30 people have lost their lives due to H1N1 since January 1. So far, 46 positive patients have been treated and discharged from hospitals. Also, 49 positive patients have been quarantined at home. Among them, two were put on home quarantine yesterday," a health spokesperson said.

A maximum of five deaths have been reported from Sirsa district, four each from Panchkula, Faridabad and Karnal, three each from Bhiwani and Kurukshetra, two from Gurgaon and Jind and one each from Fatehabad, Hisar and Kaithal. Among these, four were reported yesterday one each from Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula districts.

"As many as 21 suspected cases were tested and screened on Monday, among which, 11 positive cases were reported. These included five in Gurgaon, two each in Hisar and Fatehabad and one each in Ambala and Bhiwani districts," the spokesperson added.

Claiming that the state health department was taking precautionary measures to curb the further spread of the virus, the official said: "Chemoprophylaxis was given to 29 contacts of positive patients yesterday. Till date, 597 contacts of positive patients have been given Chemoprophylaxis."

"A total of 132 cases were reported positive by government and 66 by private laboratories," he added.

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