Rajasthan has reported 7 deaths of swine flu and 19 reported case, more than Delhi record of 6 deaths so far, indicating the outbreak is spreading fast into neighbouring states of the national capital.
The deaths have been reported from Banswara, Barmer, Tonk, Kota and Jaipur areas, while the positive cases have been reported from Jaipur, Sikar, Tonk, Kota among other districts, an official told IANS.
“We have decided to do a survey of at least 50 houses near the house where a positive case of swine flu has been reported,” a senior medical department official said.
“We are requesting all the patients suffering from cold, fever, cough or running nose to come to hospital for a check-up. We do not want to take any chances,” he added.
The official said that after the sudden spurt in swine flu cases since the beginning of this year, the state health department has been geared to face any eventuality.
Health Minister Rajendra Rathore has directed all district hospitals to collect samples of suspected swine flu patients and send them to government-run medical colleges for tests. Health officials have also been asked to keep stock of medicines used for the treatment of H1N1 influenza.(With inputs from IANS)