Swine Flu has been making headlines after Bharatiya Janata Party chief was inflicted with the disease two days ago. However, this influenza (H1N1) has affected about 1,700 people across the country till January 13 this year – which is more than double the 798 cases reported in all of January 2018.
There are reports of 49 deaths till January 13 this year. On the other hand,there were 14,992 confirmed cases in 2018 and 1,103 deaths.
Maximum cases (38,811) were reported in 2017, with 2,270 succumbing to the disease that year.
Rajasthan is the worst affected with 789 cases and about 35 deaths in the first two weeks of 2019. Gujarat (210), Delhi (168) and Haryana (128) are the other affected states with high number of cases.
The Rajasthan government has said that all necessary steps are being taken to keep the situation under control.
“We’ve made available the medicine for swine flu throughout the state. Leaves of doctors and paramedical staff have been cancelled. We’re monitoring the situation, wherever a case of swine flu is found the whole area is screened,” Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma was quoted as saying by Business Today.
According to World Health Organization estimates, influenza infects 5-15 per cent of the world’s population each year, causing fever, lethargy and cough.
Source: Media reports