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India: H1N1 virus kills at least 260 people across Maharashtra

Some 1663 reported cases of H1N1, including at least 260 fatalities, since the beginning of 2017 as of June 28

01 juill. 14h43 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 28/6/2017, 12h00 until 1/7/2017, 11h59 (Asia/Calcutta). COUNTRY/REGION Maharashtra

Event

H1N1 cases and deaths continue to rise at alarming levels across Maharashtra state since the beginning of 2017. As of Wednesday, June 28, at least 260 fatalities and 1663 cases have been reported. The Pune region is facing the highest number of deaths this year with 62 deaths.

Health authorities are immunizing at least 30,000 people in the high-risk group, including pregnant women, children, elderly people, and individuals with medical conditions (e.g., diabetes).

Context

India experiences regular seasonal influenza outbreaks. H1N1, commonly known as "swine flu," is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms of the disease include a sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache, and severe dizziness. Individuals most at risk include pregnant women, children, elderly persons, and people who are infected with HIV/AIDS.

Advice

All those present in Maharashtra state are advised to take basic hygienic measures to reduce their risk of contracting the flu (e.g., frequent hand washing) and to consider getting vaccinated. People developing the above symptoms are advised to seek medical attention.

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