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40 more dead as swine flu toll climbs to 1,115; more than 20k infected

40 more dead as swine flu toll climbs to 1,115; more than 20k infected
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The Health Ministry said that 1,115 persons have succumbed to the H1N1 virus while the number of those affected by it stands at 20,795 on March 1.

With heavy rainfall lashing Delhi and other parts of the north, health officials said it was difficult to ascertain whether the rains will have any effect on the incidence of swine flu.

However, the officials said that, during monsoon, the virus increases and it was possible that whatever decline was being seen over the last few days in the intensity of the disease may not continue. They said that there will be no decrease in the virus due to the rains and added that high temperatures are?a deterrent?for the virus.

The latest data shows that 275 persons have died of swine flu in Gujarat where 4,614 have so far contracted the disease.

In Rajasthan, six more deaths were reported which has taken the toll for the state to 267 while 5,610 persons have been affected by the virus.

The virus has claimed the lives of 160 people in Madhya Pradesh with 1,054 people taken ill by it while in Maharashtra, the death toll has increased to 152 with 1,789 cases reported of swine flu.

In Telangana and Punjab, the disease has, respectively, claimed 57 and 44 lives. Swine flu has also killed 46 persons in Karnataka.

In Delhi, the number of casualties stands at 10 while the count for affected persons has risen to 2,999.

Toll in Maha  rises to 152

Swine flu claimed nine more lives in Maharashtra on Monday, taking the toll since January 1 this year to 152, a state health department official said. 54 new cases of the disease were detected today, taking the count of the affected people to 1,789. “As many as 42 patients are in a serious condition and have been kept on ventilator,” the official said. He said 38 people have died in Nagpur, 16 in Pune, 10 in Nashik among other places.
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