Swine flu claims another life in Valley

Srinagar: One more person died of swine flu in Kashmir Valley on Friday, taking the death toll due to the disease in the region to eight, while 14 new patients have tested positive for the virus, officials said.
“One more patient infected with swine flu virus has died, taking the death toll to eight. However, the patient had multiple co-morbidities as well and may have died of those ailments,” a SKIMS spokesperson said in a handout.
She said the number of patients infected with the virus has risen to 291 as 14 new cases had surfaced during the last 24 hours.
“Fourteen more patients have tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours. The total number of infected is now 291,” she said.
The official said six fresh samples were taken Friday testing from 80 patients who were at the special OPD of the SKIMS.
The number of patients infected with swine flu and admitted at the isolation ward of the hospital was 13, including one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while two patients were discharged Friday, she said.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,075 persons have now perished in India from swine flu in 2015 while the number of those affected by swine flu stands at 19,972 as on February 28, a PTI report said quoting data collated by the Health Ministry.
The ministry had Thursday said the toll as on February 27 was 1,041 while the number of persons affected by swine flu in various states was 19,046.
The data Friday showed that Gujarat has pipped Rajasthan in terms of the number of deaths with 265 casualties while 4,368 people are affected by the disease in the state.
Rajasthan has seen 261 persons falling prey to the H1N1 virus with 5,528 cases reported.
In Madhya Pradesh, swine flu has claimed 153 lives while 1,010 people were affected by the virus. The toll in Maharashtra touched 143 with 1,735 cases having so far come to light, according to the PTI.
In Telangana and Punjab, the disease has claimed 57 and 42 lives, respectively while in Delhi, 10 persons have died due to swine flu. The number of affected persons in the national capital has risen to 2,891.
The disease has claimed the lives of 46 persons in Karnataka with Haryana (21 deaths), Andhra Pradesh (12 deaths), Himachal Pradesh (8 deaths), also grappling with swine flu.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda had earlier said that the 21 laboratories capable at present of testing swine flu were “not enough” and the government was planning to set up H1N1 testing facilities in every state with financial provisions being made for it.