Swine flu cases surge in Rajasthan as 6 more die of the flu

Rajasthan: With six more deaths reported in Rajasthan, the death toll due to swine flu is on the surge.

The total death toll in Rajasthan has reached around 250 since starting of this year, 2015.

"Six more deaths were reported across the state on Thursday. Total deaths reported till Thursday touched 251 from Jan 1 in the state," a medical and health department official told to a news agency.

Total positive cases as of Thursday evening were 5,262, out of which 2,039 are from Jaipur alone, the official said. Jaipur also accounted for the maximum deaths at 51 followed by Ajmer at 29 and Jodhpur at 28.

The state government has so far distributed 32 lakh Tamiflu tablets across the state, he said.

"Besides allopathy, we have also taken help of homeopathy, unani and ayurvedic system of medicine for controlling the disease. We are also conducting door to door surveys and have distributed Tamiflu tablets to persons showing symptoms like swine flu in nearby 50 houses where a swine flu patient has been found," he said adding that test for swine flu has been made free in six government medical colleges, the desert research centre in Jodhpur and three private labs.

A high level task force on swine flu has also been set up to monitor the situation on daily basis, he added.

The swine flu epidemic has led to the death of over 900 people across the country while 14,000 people have been affected by the H1N1 virus.

Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. Symptoms for swine flu include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding.

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