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).
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.
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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