Swine Flu Scare rises, 88 Cases Reported in Andhra, Telangana


New Delhi, Jan 02: The deadly swine flu seems to be an epidemic in several parts of India with 88 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Around 10 persons died of this disease so far last year. 

As per reports, two women, one each from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, were tested positive with swine flu disease on Friday.

According to the health department officials, about 88 cases of Swine Flu were reported in Telangana and Andhra together in 2014, out of them alone 22 were reported in the last week of December.

However, the Telangana government claimed that it has taken various steps to control the spread of the disease. While confirming the cases, Dr K Narsimhulu, the swine flu coordinator at the state-run Gandhi Hospital, said that swine flu has taken epidemic proportion. And this is the time to declare it as an epidemic so that people will be aware and take precautions.

Besides Andhra and Telangana, three fresh cases including two women (33) and a five-year-old boy were reported in Delhi on December 30. A Delhi government health department official said that the national capital reported nine cases in the month of December. A total of 35 cases were reported in Delhi since Jan 01, 2014 till date.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday said the government is closely monitoring the situation following reports of two women being infected with swine flu, and added that hospitals are well-equipped to handle such cases.

"The chances of swine flu are higher when there is a change in the weather. We are constantly monitoring the situation and have given instructions to the hospitals to be prepared to handle the cases. Our hospitals are capable of handling the situation, so there is no need to be worried," Nadda told.

"If anyone feels such symptoms then he should visit the nearest hospital and get it checked," he added.

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