Swine flu cases drop in India

Monday, October 18, 2010

NEW DELHI - The number of swine flu cases in India has seen a sharp drop in the past week - to almost half the previous count, the health ministry said here Monday.

A total of 98 cases were reported from all parts of the country during the week ended Oct 17 as against 202 recorded in the previous week, a ministry spokesperson said.

There has also been a drop in swine flu deaths with 10 reported during the week ended Oct 17 as compared to 38 in the previous week. Gujarat reported five deaths while Madhya Pradesh reported two deaths followed by one death each from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Tamil Nadu recorded the highest number of 34 cases, followed by 25 cases from Karnataka and 15 from Maharashtra, the spokesperson said.

Other than the southern and western states, almost the whole country had a very low number of swine flu cases.

A total of 2,616 deaths due to swine flu have been recorded since May 2009 when the disease broke in India. At least 44,987 confirmed cases have been reported since then.

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