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Swiss tourist falls prey, as swine-flu spreads tentacles

The spread of H1N1 virus leading to swine flu is fast assuming epidemic propositions. A 70-year-old Swiss tourist in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur died of swine flu at the city’s MDM hospital on Thursday morning. She was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, was on ventilator, but died at 5 am due to H1N1 virus, said Dr Dipal Varma, in charge of the infectious diseases ward in the hospital. The Swiss national was on a holiday in Jaisalmer, nearly 300 kilometres away, when she took ill on Tuesday evening. She was rushed to Jodhpur when her condition deteriorated.

Eight more people succumbed to swine flu in Rajasthan, taking the toll in the epidemic to 117, an official of the Medical and Health Directorate (MHD) said on Thursday. Of the eight, three persons were from Barmer, and one each from Jodhpur, Banswara, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, and Sikar, the official said. “Out of 1,404 people who tested positive for the virus, 117 have died in the state from January 1 so far,” the official said. Of the 33 districts in Rajasthan, 29 are affected with the contagious swine flu.

Thirty nine fresh cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana which recorded 42 deaths since January one this year, a bulletin issued by the state government said. “In the current year, from January 1 till February 11, 2,885 samples have been tested out of which 946 have been found to be positive. The number of deaths because of swine flu and related complications are 42,” it said.

Also two more people died due to the swine flu virus in Punjab taking the toll due to the H1N1 virus to 19 in the state. Two persons hailing from Bathinda and Muktsar districts, succumbed to HIN1 flu, said an official spokesman.
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