27-year-old dies of swine flu in Bangalore, death toll rises to 27 in India

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Bangalore, Aug 16 (ANI): The death of a woman named Shilpa Hegde, 27, due to swine flu virus in Bangalore on Sunday, pushed the country's swine flu death toll to 27.

With the death of Shilpa, the number of deaths due to swine flu in Bangalore has risen to five.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Shamshad Begum had died at the Baptist Hospital late.

According to Health officials, Shilpa Hegde and Shamshad Begum fell prey to the infection at different hospitals and their test reports confirmed they had swine flu virus. The other three H1N1 virus victims were Rupa, 26, Shivanna, 55, and Manjunath, 28.

Terming the incidents as 'unfortunate', Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa said his government was looking into what could have gone wrong in the four cases of swine flu deaths so far.

Incidently, in all these cases, the patients died before medical test results could confirm swine flu.

On August 15, during his Independence day speech, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that the Central Government was coordinating with the State Governments to control the swine flu situation and stated that there is no need to panic or disrupt daily life.

Dr. Singh has said some parts of India are facing increased cases of swine flu, but there was no need to panic. (ANI)

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