JK reports first H1N1 death, India toll to 699

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New Delhi, Dec 14: A 21-year-old woman succumbed to the deadly Swine Flu in Srinagar, becoming the first victim of the H1N1 virus in Jammu and Kashmir.

Muskan was admitted to the Soura Medical Institute Dec 1 after she developed acute respiratory distress.

Doctors at the institute admitted her to the intensive care unit (ICU) and her samples were sent to Delhi for examination.

The woman, however, died on Saturday, Dec 12 and a senior doctor of the institute confirmed that she had tested positive for swine flu.

"We got the report and it is positive. The woman had reported at the institute with acute chest infection, distress and cold," the doctor said on Sunday, Dec 13.

One death each in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat during the day took India's toll from the virus to 699, health authorities said.

With one death each in three other states, the casualty figure in Maharashtra has jumped to 240, 57 in Gujarat and 94 in Rajasthan. After Maharashtra, Karnataka with 123 deaths is number two in terms of toll from H1N1.

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