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Swine Flu: 7 dead in gujarat

Seven more people died from the deadly H1N1 virus on Monday. The state government claims the swine flu situation under control.

This takes the death toll in Gujarat this year until August 28 to 338. The state also recorded 187 new swine flu cases on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 4,589 this year.

Swine flu continued its death march in Ahmedabad, with four deaths due to the H1N1 virus reported on Monday. Gujarat is among the leading states in swine flu deaths, having had 1,674 fatalities out of 15,603 cases of the H1N1 virus since 2009.

Of the 187 fresh cases of swine flu on Monday, 78 were reported in Ahmedabad alone, a statement from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) said. The statement added that 128 swine flu patients returned home on Monday, after completing their treatment.

The situation in Ahmedabad city is alarming, as four persons have died on each of the last three days. As many as 11 swine flu patients are on life support, 12 are on Bi-PAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) machines and 50 are on oxygen supply. In all, the situation of 269 patients is stable at present, the statement from the civic body added.

AMC teams on Monday surveyed around 2.84 lakh houses in which they found 1,715 suspected cases of swine flu. In these suspected cases, 37 patients were identified and given treatment. The AMC claimed that a stock of 23,810 Tamiflu tablets and 573 Oseltamivir syrup bottles is available with the civic body.

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