Swine flu in India has claimed 610 lives in the last six months. According to data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 4868 people were affected with Swine flu caused by H1N1 virus across India from January 1 to July 26, 2013, confirmed by laboratory tests.
India’s capital Delhi tops the list of H1N1 virus affected states with 1507 cases of Influenza-A virus detected in 2013. “While only 16 deaths took place in Delhi this year, the death toll is highest in Gujarat, where 196 deaths occurred among a total of 1031 reported Influenza A cases,” the data reveals.
It states that the incidence of H1N1 virus is lowest in the northern state of Uttarakhand with only two reported cases of H1N1 during the year and no deaths reported in the state. No cases of swine flu were found in Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Daman Diu, D and N Haveli, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Puducherry, Sikkim and Tripura.
Swine flu took epidemic proportions in 2009 killing 981 people and affecting 27,236. In 2010, the number of deaths went up to 1,763 while the number of cases remained around 20,000. In 2011 and 2012, only 603 and 5,044 persons tested positive for the disease and a total of 480 deaths were reported.
Healthcare Executive - August, 2013