7-month-old dies of swine flu in Mumbai, death toll rises to 29 in India

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Mumbai, Aug 18 (ANI): The death of a seven-month-old girl due to H1N1 virus in Mumbai on Tuesday, pushed the country's swine flu death toll to 29.

The girl's death due to swine flu has risen the total number of deaths in Mumbai to three.

"The girl Modia Mohammad Shaikh, a resident of suburban Ghatkopar, died at the hospital early today," said Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.

The girl had been shifted to Kasturba Gandhi hospital from a private hospital and her blood sample was sent to Haffkine Institute for tests.

The nationwide count of fresh H1N1 cases now stands at 152 with the 97 positive cases being reported from Maharashtra.

Owing to the rising count and death toll, the Centre too has revised its treatment guidelines, doing away with H1N1 tests for people with mild to moderate symptoms and quarantining before starting the treatment.

The patients will be categorised depending on the severity of infection and given appropriate treatment. (ANI)

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