The first case of Swine flu in India was found on the Hyderabad airport on 13 May, when a man traveling from US to India was found H1N1 positive. More confirmed cases were reported and the rate of transmission of the H1N1 virus increased in the beginning of August 2009, with the first death due to swine flu in India occurring in Pune, panic began to spread.
The H1N1 Swine Flu death toll in India has now reached 1002, with the death of 13 more people due to the H1N1 virus. Two new deaths were reported from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and 11 earlier deaths were confirmed. The number of laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases in India is now at 26,371.
The latest review of the swine flu situation in Gujarat conducted by the Health Department has revealed the H1N1 virus scare is rising in rural areas of Rajkot, Surendranagar and Kutch districts of Gujarat.
The death toll due to swine flu in Rajkot rose to 29 after a teenage girl from Gandhidham succumbed to the deadly infection at the Civil Hospital in the early hours of Monday. At present, as many as 30 patients, of which 24 have been tested positive, are undergoing treatment at the isolation wards of the hospital.
Six more swine flu deaths, including that of a two-year-old boy, have been reported in Gujarat on Friday, while 24 more people tested positive for H1N1 virus, state Health officials said. While one person died at the Rajkot Civil Hospital on Friday, four persons succumbed to the disease on Thursday and one had died on December 25. Health officials said 24 new cases have been reported today from Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Vadodara and Jamnagar.
India on Monday issued a travel advisory on swine flu, asking Indians to restrict travel to the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and France.
Current Swine Flu Death Statistics in India:
Maharashtra - 278 Swine Flu deaths
Rajasthan - 152
Karnataka - 133
Gujarat - 132
Delhi - 72
Andhra Pradesh - 52
Punjab - 34
Haryana - 33
Kerala - 33
Uttar Pradesh - 16
Uttarakhand - 13
Madhya Pradesh - 11
Chandigarh - 8
Generic version of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) will now be available in India as Natco Pharma and Strides Arcolabs have launched their generic version of Oseltamivir, Natflu and Starflu. These drugs will be available to the customers directly under prescription.
World Swine Flu Deaths to Date: Jan - 06 - 2010
Swine flu has killed at least 12,799 people worldwide since it first emerged in Mexico in March 2009, the World Health Organization said Friday. The Americas continues to report the biggest number of casualties with at least 6,880 deaths while in Europe, at least 2,554 people have died from the A(H1N1) virus. The latest data posted by the UN health agency marked a worldwide increase of 579 deaths from the previous update published nine days ago.