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Delhi is again in grip of swine flu. Our national capital saw its first swine flu death of current year on Wednesday when a 42-year-old woman died suffering from H1N1 virus in a private hospital.

“The woman had died yesterday evening while undergoing treatment at a private hospital, but her death was reported today,” said Charan Singh, Additional Director in-charge of Public Health, Health department.

Apart from death, eight new cases of swine flu were identified today taking the total figure to 22 so far this year.

According to a report presented by Singh, five men aged 48 (JNU campus), 71 (Laxmi Nagar), 57 (Rajouri Garden), 62 (Masjid Moth of South Delhi) and 24 (Chhattarpur) and three women aged 66 (Madangir), 33 (Sangam Vihar) and 23 (Greater Kailash I) were found positive for H1N1. Two of them are getting treated at Safdarjung hospital and remaining six under surveillance of private hospitals.

Thanks to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as two cases from Sangam Vihar and Chhattarpur were tested positive for H1N1 under routine test conducted by NCDC With several new cases identified, total number of people infected from swine have reached to 66 since last year including 14 from current year.

Health experts suggested people to take precaution against the disease as it is an air-borne disease and spreads through the air and not carried by any vector as in malaria or dengue.

“Elderly people, diabetics, those with kidney problems, cancer patients and pregnant women are at risk and thus should get themselves vaccinated and take common precautions like washing hands properly, avoiding crowded places and wearing masks,” a Health Department official said.

“H1N1 influenza spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or through touch. The medicine generally prescribed for the disease is Tamiflu, which must be taken only after doctor’s prescription,” the official said.

Moreover, Health Department has started conducting tests at several hospitals under an orientation programme and has precautionary guideline in public for swine flu. As a precautionary measure, people can wear N-95 mask that prevents H1N1 virus from injecting into one’s body.

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