Hyderabad hospitals reported three deaths of swine flu in one day sending authorities to distribute Oseltamivir or the Tamiflu anti-viral vaccine drugs to people in and around the city.
Since 2009, about 3,900 people have died of the deadly virus in India and 157 in combined Andhra Pradesh and Telangana region.
Officials said a 30-year-old man from Padmavathi Colony in Uppal, a 25-year old woman from Jeedimetla and a 55-year-old man from Siddipet in Medak district have died so far this time.
While the first two patients died in Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, the third patient died while being shifted to the hospital.
Another confirmed swine flu patient fled from Gandhi Hospital, confirmed Dr K Narasimhulu, nodal officer for H1N1 at Gandhi Hospital, saying “We are trying to trace him.”
In all, 50 households in Siddipet, have been given 75 mg Tamiflu drug over five days to prevent the spread of the disease, Dr Balaji Pawar, DMHO, Medak district told Deccan Chronicle.