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In Maharashtra, more than 100 people have died till now due to Swine flu this year, a state Health Department official sai
Olympian O P Jaisha, who returned from Rio with fever and body ache last week, has been hospitalised after she was tested
Swine flu has so far claimed 61 lives in Punjab, with 30 succumbing to H1N1 virus in the state in past one month alone.
Swine flu has claimed 34 lives in Rajasthan in the months of January and February, a state Medical and Health department o
Seven more people have succumbed to swine flu virus in Punjab in the last four days taking the death toll from the d
The death toll due to swine flu in Punjab rose to 17 from four in just about 10 days, raising concern among health officia
Four persons from Punjab have tested positive for swine flu even as the state authorities are geared up to tackle the case
A 40-year-old woman died of swine flu in Ajmer, taking the death toll due to H1N1 virus in last two months to 15 in the st
Six cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana, taking the number of positive cases detected in the state since Au
Swine flu has claimed the lives of 2,335 people across the country till April 21 and although World Health Organisation (W
The NewScientist asked 60 experts -- public health officials, epidemiologists and flu researchers -- what they think will happen in the coming months:
...half are concerned enough about the possibility of a virulent swine flu outbreak to take precautions such as acquiring a supply of Tamiflu for their families. Though most do not think it likely that a nastier strain will emerge, many are worried that if it did, their local hospitals and other parts of the health infrastructure could not cope.
Also See: NewScientist's full coverage of the pandemic
The good news first: Out of more than 30,000 cases reported worldwide, there are only 15 in India. But with the WHO raising the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6 and declaring that the world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic, the first advice is: Don't Panic. The WHO has also issued the following set of precautions:
What can I do to protect myself from catching influenza A(H1N1)?
The main route of transmission of the new influenza A(H1N1) virus seems to be similar to seasonal influenza, via droplets that are expelled by speaking, sneezing or coughing. You can prevent getting infected by avoiding close contact with people who show influenza-like symptoms (trying to maintain a distance of about 1 metre if possible) and taking the following measures:
Golnar Motevalli reports for Reuters:
Afghanistan's only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.
The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain.
This is perhaps also an opportunity to put in the joke received on SMS today: "They said pigs would fly if a black man became President. Well, swine flu."
With India slowly getting its act together and asking airports to "screen passengers on flights from Mexico, US and Canada," here are some useful resources for information: