The dreaded swine flu has begun spreading in neighbouring Karnataka from Andhra Pradesh and claimed six lives in the state, including 4 in Bangalore and one each in Bidar and Raichur districts, a senior health official said on Sunday.
“Though 95 people, affected by the H1N1 influenza over the last two weeks, tested positive and have been under treatment, six of them succumbed to the disease so far. We have stocked adequate number of Tamiflu tablets for distribution,” state health department director H.C. Ramesh said.
He said the department has taken steps to contain the disease by educating the people about its symptoms and creating awareness about the preventive measures, and district health officers were directed to monitor the situation and take corrective steps.
“A woman patient, who died Saturday at a private hospital in the city, tested positive Friday. About 20 fresh cases tested positive on Saturday in Bangalore urban and civic limits,” Ramesh added.
He advised people to take all precautions and approach the nearest hospital on the first symptoms of swine flu like high fever, sneezing, cough and body pain.
In Telangana, where the swine flu originated, it continues to claim lives in Telangana with two more people succumbing at a hospital here since Thursday, with Gandhi Hospital, which is the state nodal centre for swine flu, reporting two more deaths.
With this the toll due to swine flu rose to 41 since Jan 1, officials said. According to a bulletin by the health department Friday, 89 samples were tested for H1N1 virus Thursday and out of them, 20 were found positive. The authorities screened 2,212 samples since Jan 1 and out of them, 738 were found positive.
The health department, however, claimed that the number of swine flu cases is on decline for last six days. Officials said enough stocks of medicines have been made available at all teaching, district and area hospitals.
They advised people to take all precautions and approach the nearest hospital on the first symptoms of swine flu like high fever, sneezing, cough and body pain.