Three more people have succumbed to deadly Swine Flu taking the toll to 810. While 19 other were diagnosed with the H1N1 of which 17 are in critical conditions and are being treated in Pune hospitals. India didn’t even recover properly with Dengue that has created havoc in the national capital meanwhile H1N1 has started raising its head..

Among the three dead one was a 60-year-old man from Bangewadi village in Latur district who died in Government Medical College Hospital, second was 47-year-old man Satar district in Pune who died in Poona Hospital while the third was a 42-year-old woman who died in a private hospital in Kolhapur.

“Seven more people tested positive for the infection on Saturday. This has taken the number of swine flu cases in Maharashtra to 8,241 so far this year. Including Saturday’s three casualties, 810 people have died from the H1N1 virus in the state so far this year,” said a state health official.

More than 2600 people with influenza-like illness were under scrutiny for the fear of swine flu yesterday. The figures have been increasing exponentially in recent times. Pune itself has witnessed 134 deaths this year. While 8,241 have been diagnosed with the swine flu, of which 810 people have succumbed to death.

Swine flu grips the country every year in rainy season as it is the best season for H1N1 virus to breed. “Rain has been recorded at many places across the state. All types of influenza viruses, including H1N1, grow and spread very fast during such climate. Besides, several festivals fall in September and October, during which people mingle in large numbers. The crowds can lead to rapid spread of infections. Hence, we are seeing more cases during this period,” said another health official.

Doctors suggested people to wear N95 mask in crowded places as the virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Government organizations are offering free N95 mask  in several states and encouraging people to use it by running educational programs and advertisements.

A government official said that most of the deaths have been due to late diagnosis of the disease and time ran out before the could be cured, thus he requested people to get tested soon after symptoms like fever, runny nose, sore throat or congestion. Moreover, he said that there is no need to panic since swine flu is a seasonal virus that makes it no more contagious or deadly than other seasonal flu viruses.

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